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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 105–136.
Published: 01 April 2019
... shall discuss eighteenth-century representations of female power in ancient Europe, with the resulting clashes of ideas on sex and gender. I shall proceed to a discussion of dramatic treatments of Druidic wisdom, focusing on Elfrida (1752) and Caractacus (1759) by William Mason (1725–97), and conclude...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (2): 92–114.
Published: 01 April 2009
... of exclamation, horrid detail, and above all, the speaker’s pain at what he saw are all intended to prompt a pitying response. Even a closet drama like William Mason’s 1759 Caractacus goes for that kind of effect, though in readers rather than audience. Late in the play, when his warrior son dies...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 27–48.
Published: 01 January 2020
..., the captured Caractacus bids his daughter hoard thy tears / For the sad meeting of thy captive mother, and wonders whether the mother s gentleness can hear the tale, and live (87). Although Caractacus is a national military leader in defeat, his thoughts and feelings focus on family loss and pain. Earlier...