Comedy of Manners Criticism: Comedy Of Manners And Women - Essay

Margaret Lamb McDonald (essay date 1976)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

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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Pat Gill (essay date 1994)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: Gill, Pat. “A Trick Done with Mirrors.” In Interpreting Ladies: Women, Wit, and Morality in the Restoration Comedy of Manners, edited by John Stacey, pp. 1-21. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1994.

[In the following essay, Gill explores how Restoration playwrights used satire to deal with society's moral restrictions against sexualized females.]

Disappointed and angry at the critical response to The Double Dealer (1693), William Congreve included a peevish justification of the work in his dedication. In it he warns “the Ladies” offended by the vulgarity in his satirical portraits that moral objections reflect badly on those who find...

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