What were the types of restoration drama and its main authors?



Two categories:
TRAGEDY (John Dryden, Thomas Otway):

  • focused on personal life (suicide, remorse, failure); a short re-awakening of the classical spirit;
  • o the Elizabethan domestic tragedy form – George Lillo (the first spokesman of the middle class in theatre, spoke against aristocratic ideas, ignored by the British theatre)

– COMEDY OF MANNERS (William Wycherley, William Congreve, Sir George Etherege,…):

  • directly mirrors the manners of the upper-class:
  • o satire – emphasizing corruption
  • o romantic comedy – about love in the world of money and laws.

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