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Ways of the World: Theater and Cosmopolitanism in the Restoration and Beyond

Laura J. Rosenthal

Abstract

This book explores cosmopolitanism as it emerged during the Restoration and the role theater played in both memorializing and satirizing its implications and consequences. Rooted in the Stuart ambition to raise the status of England through two crucial investments — global traffic, including the slave trade, and cultural sophistication — this intensified global orientation led to the creation of global mercantile networks and to the rise of an urban British elite who drank Ethiopian coffee out of Asian porcelain at Ottoman-inspired coffeehouses. Restoration drama exposed cosmopolitanism's most ... More

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, theatre, cultural sophistication, mercantile networks, urban British elite, Restoration drama, theatrical performance, comedy, tragedy, heroic plays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751585
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751585.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura J. Rosenthal, author
University of Maryland