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Introduction: Dramatizing Enlightenment

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 December 2019

Bridget Orr
Affiliation:
Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
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The introduction provides a survey of recent scholarship on the English Enlightenment and situates this study in that context. Recognizing that there a plethora of “Enlightenments,” even within a particular state such as Britain, itself a composite monarchy of nations, I argue that late Stuart and Georgian drama included articulations of radical as well as conservative Enlightened positions, notably in regard to religious toleration, imperial oppression and social hierarchy. I link my analysis of Islamic and indigenous American voices within eighteenth-century plays to recent scholarship that identifies European dependence on non-European literary, theological and technological sources in the creation of Enlightenment.

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British Enlightenment Theatre
Dramatizing Difference
, pp. 1 - 25
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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