Historical Context

(Drama for Students)

The Restoration
England is one of the world’s most politically stable countries. It has been ruled in substantially the same...

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Literary Style

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Wit, the skill most valued by the Restoration, depends upon a masterful use of irony if it is to convey an author’s...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Hughes, Derek, English Drama 1660–1700, Clarendon Press, 1996.

Love, Harold, Congreve, Basil...

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(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Hoffman, Arthur W. Congreve’s Comedies. Victoria, B.C.: English Literary Studies, University of Victoria, 1993. Includes a chapter on Love for Love that focuses on the roles of Valentine and Angelica as romantic hero and heroine and on Sir Sampson as blocking agent. Shows how Congreve skillfully employs allusions to biblical, classical, and Shakespearean traditions.

Markley, Robert. Two-Edg’d Weapons: Style and Ideology in the Comedies of Etherege, Wycherley, and Congreve. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. Argues that Congreve is stylistically a transitional figure, with his plays falling in style between earlier satirical comedies and the later...

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Compare and Contrast

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1690s: England is ruled by King William III; the near-absolute power of the monarchy enjoyed by Queen Elizabeth I and King James II...

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Topics for Further Study

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Research the ‘‘Glorious Revolution’’ of 1688. Who was the king who was deposed? Why were people unhappy with him? Who replaced him?...

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Media Adaptations

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Restoration is not a filmed adaptation of Love for Love, but it is a fascinating portrayal of life in the Restoration period....

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What Do I Read Next?

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The Way of the World, originally produced in 1700, is Congreve’s best-known play. In this play, many critics feel, Congreve created...

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