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Bourgeois Drama

  Bourgeois drama is a term applied by theatre critics and scholars to plays about bourgeois people and/or plays aimed at bourgeois people. It is particularly used to describe serious drama about people of apparently unheroic status who were not traditionally seen, in Aristotelian terms, as potential tragic protagonists. There were some examples in Elizabethan drama but, unsurprisingly, bourgeois drama (in both senses) became established in the 18th century and continues to be highly significant. TRG SS

See also naturalism; realism.Further reading R.B. Heilman, Tragedy and Melodrama; , Raymond Williams, Modern Tragedy.



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