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date: 16 October 2019

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To understand Elizabeth Inchbald is to understand the most important theatrical practices of the Georgian period. Some of these practices occur deep within the companies while others reveal audience tastes. This chapter explores Inchbald’s playwriting in relation to her dramatic contexts and elucidates how she exploited the theatrical system successfully but also how such things as writing popular forms including afterpieces have set her apart from the playwrights and practices we accept as canonical. The chapter brings to the fore Inchbald’s signature strategies such as creating original, distinctive characters; combining sentimental pathos and high comedy within single plays, and finding ways to display important cultural themes such as power imbalances, domestic tyranny, and the colonial mind.

Keywords: Inchbald, women playwrights, afterpieces, comedy, pathos, tyranny, characters

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