Moral Reform in Comedy and Culture, 1696–1747 (Performance by Dr Gollapudi Aparna

By Dr Gollapudi Aparna

In the 1st half the eighteenth century, a brand new comedian plot formulation dramatizing the ethical reform of a improper protagonist emerged at the English level. The comedian reform plot was once no longer in simple terms a prevalent flip in the direction of morality or sentimentality, Aparna Gollapudi argues, yet an immense social mechanism for controlling and hard political and monetary alterations. Gollapudi appears to be like at reform comedies through dramatists equivalent to Colley Cibber, Susanna Centlivre, Richard Steele, Charles Johnson, and Benjamin Hoadly on the subject of emergent developments in finance capitalism, imperial nationalism, political factionalism, family ideology, and middling class-consciousness. in the context of the cultural anxieties engendered via those advancements, Gollapudi indicates, the reform comedies needs to be obvious now not as clichéd and moralistic productions yet as responses to important ideological shifts and cultural transvaluations that impose a reassuring ethical schema on daily behavior. completely researched and assuredly written, Gollapudi's research exhibits that reform comedies lined a variety of modern matters from social gathering politics to household concord and are an important for knowing eighteenth-century literature and culture.

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