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Bawds, Babes, And Breeches: Regendering Theater After The English Restoration, Laura Larson Oct 2012

Bawds, Babes, And Breeches: Regendering Theater After The English Restoration, Laura Larson

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Restoration England (1660~1720) was a raucous time for theater-making. After an 18- year Puritanical ban on the theater, and with the restoration of the worldly Charles II to the throne, English theater underwent a pivotal rebirth. At this time, women were allowed to act on the public stage for the first time, an event carrying enormous implications for gender roles. This paper argues that actresses posed a threat to the patriarchal hierarchy that was in place at this time. Their unique position in professional theater and unusual access to a public voice not available to the rest of women ...