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Authorship and Appropriation: Writing for the Stage in England, 1660-1710

Paulina Kewes


This book studies the cultural and economic status of playwriting in the later 17th and early 18th centuries, and argues that the period was a decisive one in the transition from Renaissance conceptions of authorship towards modern ones. In Shakespeare's time, creative originality and independence of voice had been little prized. Playwrights had appropriated materials from earlier writings with little censure, while the practice of collaboration among dramatists had been taken for granted. The book demonstrates that, in the decades following the Restoration, those attitudes were challenged by ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, Shakespeare, playwriting, Restoration, Dryden, Otway, Lee, Behn, Congreve, Vanbrugh

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184683
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184683.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paulina Kewes, author
University of Wales, Aberystwyth