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LECTURE XVII.

Antiquities of the French Stage Influence of Aristotle and the Imi-

tation of the Ancients--Investigation of the Three Unities-What

is Unity of Action ?-Cnity of Time - Was it observed by the

Greeks 2 -- Unity of Place as connected with it

232

LECTURE XVIII.

Mischief resulting to the French Stage from too narrow Interpreta-

tion of the Rules of Unity-- Intluence of these rules on French

Tragedy-Manner of treating Mythological and Historical Materials

- Idea of Tragical Dignity--Observation of Conventional Rules-

False System of Expositions

253

LECTURE XIX.

Lse at first mule of the Spanish Theatre by the French-General

Character of Corneille, Racine, and Voltaire--- Review of the prin-
cipal Works of Corneille and of Racine Thomas Corneille and

Crebillon

LECTURE XX.

Voltaire-Tragedies on Greek Subjects: (Edipe, Merope, Oreste-

Tragedies on Roman Subjects: Brute, Horte de C'ésar, Catiline,

Le Triumrirat-Earlier Pieces: Zaire, Alzire, Mahomet, Semi-

ramis, and Tancred .........

295

LECTURE XXI.

French Comedy-Molière-Criticism of his Works—Scarron, Bour-

sault, Regnard; Comedies in the Time of the Regency; Marivaux

and Destouches; Piron and Gresset-Later Attempts—The Heroic

Opera: Quinault-Operettes and Vaudevilles–Diderot's attempted

Change of the Theatre--The Weeping Drama--Beaumarchais-

Melo-Dramas-Merits and Defects of the Uistrionic Art................ 304

LECTURE XXII.

Comparison of the English and Spanish Theatres—Spirit of the Ro-

mantic Drama--Shakspeart--His Age and the Circumstances of his

Life

338

LECTURE XXIII.

Ignorance or Learning of Shakspeare-Costume as observed by Shak-

speare, and how far necessary, or may be dispensed with, in the

Drama-Shakspeare the greatest drawer of Character-Vindication

of the genuineness of his pathos--- Play on Words—Moral Delicacy

--Irony-Mixture of the Tragic and Comic-The part of the Fool

or Clown--Shakspeare's Language and Versification

LECTURE XXIV.

Criticisms on Shakspeare's Comedies....

379

LECTURE XXV.

Criticisms on Shakspeare's Tragedies.

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