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Anglo-Irish drama?
Writing for the stage in Restoration Dublin
in Dublin
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The literature of Restoration Dublin was Renaissance in character, heavily influenced by the humanistic values of continental Europe with its keen interest in the civilisation of ancient Rome. This chapter argues that playwrights output falls somewhere between English literature and Anglo-Irish literature. It shows how the drama in Dublin, although heavily influenced by literary trends in London, had, in a small way, an identity of its own. Drama was a significant element in Restoration Dublin's literary life and helped to establish the city's reputation as a cultural centre. Although they had an Irish connection, the playwrights Katherine Philips, Roger Boyle, Richard Head and John Dancer were all, essentially, English in their culture and outlook, even though Boyle and Head were born in Ireland. Like the French translations by Philips and Dancer, John Wilson's dramatisation of an Italian work connects Dublin more fully with the centre of Renaissance Europe.

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