The purposes of playing on the post civil war stage: The politics of affection in William Davenant's dramatic theory

Chua, Brandon (2014) The purposes of playing on the post civil war stage: The politics of affection in William Davenant's dramatic theory. Exemplaria, 26 1: 39-57. doi:10.1179/1041257313Z.00000000040


Author Chua, Brandon
Title The purposes of playing on the post civil war stage: The politics of affection in William Davenant's dramatic theory
Journal name Exemplaria   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-2573
1753-3074
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/1041257313Z.00000000040
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 57
Total pages 19
Place of publication Leeds, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Maney Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1208 Literature and Literary Theory
1203 Design Practice and Management
3310 Linguistics and Language
3316 Cultural Studies
Abstract This article situates William Davenant's writings on dramatic poetry from the 1650s within the context of political debates about the role of the passions in effecting political action. His proposal to the Interregnum government for the revival of the dramatic arts in the kingdom's turbulent capital, as well as his preface to his epic poem Gondibert, reflect and negotiate contemporary seventeenth-century anxieties over the affective dimensions of political obligation prompted by the transformations of ideas of sovereignty during the English Civil Wars. Davenant's discussions of dramatic poetry's wider civic functions can thus also be read as contributions to post-civil war redefinitions of public government and the proper emotional constitution of a stable civic order.
Keyword Epic romance
Gondibert
Heroism
Political obligation
Politics of affection
Politics of literature
The Siege of Rhodes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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