heroic drama


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heroic drama

n.
Restoration tragedy or tragicomedy composed in heroic couplets and generally characterized by exotic settings, bombastic rhetoric, and exaggerated characterization.
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They then focus on genres of Restoration drama, including heroic drama and tragicomedy, serious varieties, theater music, and Shakespeare and other adaptations, followed by a section on specific dramatists, such as William Davenant, Thomas Shadwell, John Crown, Aphra Behn, and Susanna Centlivre.
All that aficionados of heroic drama have to decide is whether they prefer to see the twoparter over two nights - or a six-hour version.
Heroic drama is also interested in depicting royalist men in need of reform which Burks sees as evidence of the drama "directly confronting the negative portrait of the monarch as presented in the Interregnum press" (302).
18) In this case, Behn uses the high plot to raise, if only provisionally, the idea of English heroism in America, but signals through her stale imitation of Dryden's well known The Indian Emperor (1665) that the strict behavioral codes of the heroic drama are residual and limiting, included only to be dismissed and surpassed.
In the tradition of the heroic drama, he is considerate to an honorable enemy, as his treatment of the wounded Friendly indicates (5.
19) See Orr, Empire on the English Stage, and her helpful reading of Dryden's play Amboyna, which focuses on the jarring that occurs when "low" merchants and a "sordid and brutal story of colonial commercial competition" are represented in the "high" conventions of heroic drama (157).
17) The characteristic form of the conflict between love and honor in seventeenth century heroic drama involved a generally different emphasis in terms of plot from that in either Othello or `Tis Pity.
In a joint statement Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones of The iDream Company said, "We are so pleased that Stacey, Steven and DreamWorks Studios have given us this opportunity to present this tense, heroic drama, we recognize their standards of integrity and quality which match our goals for this film.