Margaret Lamb McDonald (essay date 1976)
SOURCE: McDonald, Margaret Lamb. “The Witty Heroine in Restoration Comedy: 1660-1690.” In The Independent Woman in the Restoration Comedy of Manners, pp. 46-97. Salzburg, Austria: Institut für Englische Sprache und Literatur, Universität Salzburg, 1976.
[In the following essay, McDonald studies the development of the intelligent heroine in the comedy of manners and examines how she uses mimicry and mockery to deflate the pretentious.]
What happens to the learned lady in Restoration comedy? After 1660 the affected woman of earlier seventeenth century comedy underwent still more modifications before she finally emerged as the truly witty heroine. True it is that...
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