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Historical drama
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1. Definition

Historical dramas are dramatic texts (Drama) based on historical material, not limited to a specific generic presentation (see Genre), but usually falling within the subcategory of  tragedy. This vague definition can be supplemented by noting several distinguishing features: historical drama claims historical authenticity for the dramatic events by means of stage directions and by-play or para-textual materials; the historical material is repres…

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Niefanger, Dirk, “Historical drama”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020018>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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