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Title: Submerged borrowing: the dynamics of restoration and eighteenth century modifications of shakespeare
Authors: Dynamics of adaptation
Verdurmen,John Peter
Keywords: Elizabethan
Eighteenth century
Energy patterns
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: King Saud University
Citation: Journal of King Saud University,Arts:5(2);85-103
Abstract: This study challenges the conventional practice of determining the influence of Elizabethan playwrights on Restoration and eighteenth century drama according to frequency of performance and the number of obvious adaptations. It sets out to show that the dynamics of adaptation, by which character configurations, detachable structures and energy patterns, with the attitudes toward life that those elements carry, were internalized by later dramatists as they fashioned "new" dramas. Because of this dynamic, Shakespeare's influence was far greater than statistics suggests. The dynamics of adaptation in question are explored through the analysis of a "network" of borrowing centered on Twelfth Night. Two Restoration plays, Nathaniel Lee's Nero (1674), Wycherley's The Plain Dealer (1676), and an early eighteenth-century drama, William Burnaby's Love Betray'd, display complex patterns of modification, patterns further complicated by the subsidiary influence of Beaumont and FIetcher's Philaster, which became intertwined with Twelfth Night on the strength of its "breeches disguise" component. Through an examination of the adaptation process, we find that Lee, Wycherley and Burnaby reacted in varying degrees emotionally, intellectually and dramatically to the two earlier plays, with Twelfth Night exerting so powerful and pervasive an influence that we can conclude that it had entered the "theatrical bloodstream" of these later times. Consequently, awareness of the force and substance of the modification process should lead to a sweeping reconsideration of Shakespeare's impact on Restoration and eighteenth-century drama.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/580
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