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A Vindication of Contractual Equality in Susanna Centlivre's The Busy Body and A Bold Stroke for a Wife

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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English - Literature, Works, printed single-sided, grade: 2,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, language: English, abstract: Introduction Under the aspect of portraying eighteenth-century contracts, this paper is to examine conn...ections and interrelations of Susanna Centlivre's comedies The Busy Body (1709) and A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718). Centlivre (1669-1723), author of nineteen plays, several poems, and love letters (Lock 13), was the only playwright, male or female, with four plays among the most popular repertoire offerings of the eighteenth century (Anderson 25) and with that one of the most successful female playwrights ever after. Her comedies mentioned above, have enjoyed long-termed continuance in theatre and reflect her attitude towards the institution of marriage and the connoted contractual opportunities and restrictions for the persons concerned.The intention of this paper is to engender historical marriage laws and widespread ideas, to take a reference to the social critic William Hogarth's etching and engraving The Marriage Contract (1745), and to point out how and to what extend Centlivre's comedies mirror her personal but also prevalent opinions in that period of time. It is striking all through reading The Busy Body that, with the help of rhetorical skills, masquerade, and contracts, her protagonist Miranda converts her ambiguous legal status into a much better legal economic security, whereas in A Bold Stroke for a Wife, Centlivre chiefly mirrors her actual frustration, when it comes to common-law marriage reforms. The thesis of this paper is that the playwright consistently had a negative view on the institution of marriage but temporarily a rather positive view on British liberalism and contractual developments, which she eventually lost though towards the end of her life. As an ardent Whig and a supporter of the House of Hanover (Finberg xix), her optimism to loosen the boundar
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ISBN 9783640781607
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ISBN-13 9783640781607
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Publisher Grin Verlag
Imprint Grin Verlag
Publication Country Germany Germany
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Anonym
Category Literary & Linguistic Reference Works
Number of Pages 56
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 3mm
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Weight 86g
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