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us: Comedies of manners, English

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    • us: English comedies of manners
    • us: Restoration comedies
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    • found: Work cat.: Sawyer, N. The comedy of manners from Sheridan to Maugham, 1931.
    • found: Paine, C.S. The comedy of manners (1660-1700) : a reference guide to the comedy of the Restoration, 1941.
    • found: Gill, P. Interpreting ladies : women, wit, and morality in the Restoration comedy of manners, c1994.
    • found: Quinn, E. A dict. of literary and thematic terms, c1999: comedy (The Restoration period in England saw the development of the comedy of manners, a form that feeds on dazzling wit and the creation of an artificial world. Although temporarily eclipsed in the 18th century by sentimental comedy, the comedy of manners has proven a remarkably resilient genre, reappearing in the comedies of Oscar Wilde and in a host of prominent 20th-century playwrights.) Restoration comedy (A type of English comedy associated with the last decades of the 17th and the first decade of the 18th centuries. Indebted to some extent to the French comedies of Molière, Restoration comedies were witty, sophisticated, elegant exercises, designed to reflect and occasionally satirize the manners, mores, and taste of its elite audience. Plots usually turned on the efforts of social climbers to gain advantageous marriages and their defeat by young, clever protagonists. Among the best of these plays are William Wycherley's The Country Wife (1673), George Etherege's The Man of Mode (1676), John Vanbrugh's The Relapse (1697), Richard Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem (1707), and, commonly regarded as the finest example of the genre, William Congreve's The Way of the World (1700).)
    • found: Wikipedia, Nov. 14, 2012: comedy of manners (Restoration comedy is used as a synonym of Comedy of manners. The plot of the comedy, often concerned with scandal, is generally less important than its witty dialogue. A great writer of comedies of manners was Oscar Wilde, his most famous play being The Importance of Being Earnest.) Restoration comedy (Restoration comedy refers to English comedies written and performed in the Restoration period from 1660 to 1710. Comedy of manners is used as a synonym of Restoration comedy.)
    • found: Wilson, E. The theater experience, c2004, via McGraw-Hill Higher Education online learning center, Nov. 14, 2012: glossary (Comedy of manners: Form of comic drama that became popular in the latter half of the seventeenth century in France and among English playwrights during the Restoration. It emphasizes a cultivated or sophisticated atmosphere, witty dialogue, and characters whose concern with social polish is charming, ridiculous, or both; Restoration drama: English drama after the restoration of the monarchy, from 1660 to 1700. Presented for an audience primarily of aristocrats who gathered about the court of Charles II, Restoration drama consisted largely of heroic tragedies in neoclassical style and comedies of manners which took a cynical view of human nature.)
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