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Counter In Gender, Theatre and the Origins of Criticism, Marcie Frank explores the theoretical and literary legacy of John Dryden to a number of prominent women writers of the time. Frank examines the pre-eminence of gender, sexuality and the theatre in Dryden's critical texts that are predominantly rewritings of the work of his own literary precursors - Ben Jonson, Shakespeare and Milton. She proposes that Dryden develops a native literary tradition that is passed on as an inheritance to his heirs - Aphra Behn, Catharine Trotter, and Delarivier Manley - as well as their male contemporaries. Frank describes the development of criticism in the transition from a court-sponsored theatrical culture to one oriented toward a consuming pubic, with very different attitudes to gender and sexuality. This study also sets out to trace the historical origins of certain aspects of current criticism - the practices of paraphrase, critical self-consciousness and performativity.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Criticism Great Britain History 18th century, Manley, Mrs, (Mary de la Riviere), 1663-1724 Knowledge Literature, English literature History and criticism Theory, etc, Criticism Great Britain History 17th century, Dryden, John, 1631-1700 Knowledge Literature, English drama History and criticism Theory, etc, Dryden, John, 1631-1700 Influence, Sex role in literature, Sex in literature