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Bacchus in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Wine as an Index of Generic Decline

Authors
Journal
Man and Nature
0824-3298
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7202/1011935ar
Disciplines
  • Political Science

Abstract

"Bacchus in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Wine as an Index of Generic Decline" Érudit est un consortium interuniversitaire sans but lucratif composé de l'Université de Montréal, l'Université Laval et l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a pour mission la promotion et la valorisation de la recherche. Érudit offre des services d'édition numérique de documents scientifiques depuis 1998. Pour communiquer avec les responsables d'Érudit : [email protected] Article Robert James Merrett Man and Nature / L'homme et la nature, vol. 7, 1988, p. 179-193. Pour citer cet article, utiliser l'information suivante : URI: http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/1011935ar DOI: 10.7202/1011935ar Note : les règles d'écriture des références bibliographiques peuvent varier selon les différents domaines du savoir. Ce document est protégé par la loi sur le droit d'auteur. L'utilisation des services d'Érudit (y compris la reproduction) est assujettie à sa politique d'utilisation que vous pouvez consulter à l'URI http://www.erudit.org/apropos/utilisation.html Document téléchargé le 15 February 2014 06:31 "Bacchus in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Wine as an Index of Generic Decline" 13. Bacchus in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Wine as an Index of Generic Decline Literary histories record the decline of drama between 1660 and 1800, linking it to the rise of the novel, the cult of sensibility, and middle- class concern for reform. This essay considers the decline from the in- triguing viewpoint of allusions to French wine. Although consump- tion of French wine itself declined markedly after the 1670s, dramatic references to claret, burgundy and champagne do not: such allusions commonly occur in plays throughout the period. If they suggest that French wine remained more popular than historians of the wine trade allow, these allusions also shed light on literary history because, to the extent that they praise or disparage wine for express

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