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A critical edition of Hannah More's “Percy: A Tragedy”


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This critical edition of Percy: A Tragedy provides a carefully collated text of the best-known drama written by Hannah More. Despite her large literary output and the fame accorded her during her lifetime, More has not received the attention she deserves from literary historians and critics for her dramatic works. Today, her plays are not easily accessible to students of eighteenth century drama because they have not been printed since the early part of the nineteenth century. Percy, first produced in 1777, constitutes an important text in the history of women's contribution to eighteenth century English drama. More's tragedies, particularly Percy, draw on the tradition established by the ‘she-tragedies’ of the late seventeenth century and the historical dramas of the eighteenth century. Elwina's celebrated monologue in Act II against the horrors of war connects More to the evangelical tradition, which grew exponentially during the nineteenth century.

The critical introduction also considers the sources of Percy . Here I examine the play in relation to thirteenth century French medieval romances, such as Le Roman du Castelain de Couci et de la dame de Fayel, to eighteenth century French drama, such as Gabrielle de Vergy, in an attempt to establish a connection between those texts and the popular revival of historical romance in eighteenth century English drama.

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Subject
Theater;
British and Irish literature
Classification
0465: Theater
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Language, literature and linguistics; Drama; Edition; Eighteenth century; More, Hannah; Percy; Percy: A Tragedy
Title
A critical edition of Hannah More's “Percy: A Tragedy”
Author
Siatra, Eleni
Number of pages
135
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0126
Source
DAI-A 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109373936
Advisor
Mandell, Laura
University/institution
Miami University
University location
United States -- Ohio
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3371612
ProQuest document ID
304930279
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304930279
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