By Marcie Frank
Marcie Frank explores the theoretical and literary legacy of John Dryden to a few well-liked girls writers of his time. Frank examines the pre-eminence of gender, sexuality and the theater in Dryden's severe texts which are predominantly rewritings of the paintings of his personal literary precursors--Ben Jonson, Shakespeare and Milton. She proposes that Dryden develops a local literary culture that's handed on as an inheritance to his heirs--Aphra Behn, Catharine Trotter, and Delarivier Manley--as good as to their male contemporaries.
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