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Theatres of the 18 th Century A Time of Change In England and elsewhere!
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Background on the 18 th Century A Time of Transitions Political, philosophical, economic and cultural changes in the 18 th century paved the way for even more revolutionary developments in the 19 th and 20 th century. Many Wars Western Europe Prospered! The Enlightenment So-called because of many developments in learning and philosophy Centered in France, but international reverberations Search for knowledge supported by the educated middle class Practical applications
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Departures from Neoclassicism New plays emerged that defied the genre, deviated from traditional tragedy and comedy Drame Denis Diderot, French dramatist (1713-1784) Any serious play that did not fit the neoclassical definition of tragedy Theatre of the 18 th Century
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Middle-Class Tragedy (or “Bourgeois Tragedy”) “Domestic Tragedy” focused on middle class family concerns No royal protagonists
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