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New Eighteenth Century Monograph

New Eighteenth Century Monograph

23 March 2021

In Criticism, Performance and the Passions in the Eighteenth Century: The Art of Transition Dr Harriman-Smith recovers a lost way of appreciating theatre as a set of transitions that produce simultaneously iconic and dynamic spectacles; fascinating moments when anything seems possible. Offering fresh readings and interpretations of Shakespearean and eighteenth-century tragedy, historical acting theory and early character criticism, this volume demonstrates how a concern with transition binds drama to everything, from lyric poetry and Newtonian science, to fine art and sceptical enquiry into the nature of the self.

Reviews have said that the book offers 'extraordinary insight' and represents 'a major contribution to British theatre history'.

Further information can be found on the Cambridge University Press website.