Paratext and drama
in Novel horizons
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In this chapter, the reopening of theatres in 1660 is taken as a turning-point in the history of drama. Through analyses of numerous prefaces and other forms of paratextual readerly addresses, the chapter shows that dramatic forms were in a state of generic flux at the time. Various examples demonstrate that drama and narrative prose fiction influenced each other, and that the differences between these genres were explicitly discussed in the unofficial poetologies that accompanied theatrical works. Audiences and readers were clearly includes in the process of genre-formation.

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