Continuing Restoration Battles: Hannah Cowley’s ‘The Belle’s Stratagem’

“All I know is whatever we do – it must be twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily that’s not difficult.” In 2018 the discussion around the representation of female writers is still ongoing. There have been recent campaigns for equal representations in screenwriting[1], writing for stage[2], musical theatre[3] and in the commercial West End.[4] Just this month, Frances McDormand used her victory speech at the Oscars to champion the stories that women tell, and how urgently they need to be told. In this context, it’s somewhat bittersweet to discover sparkling, feminist comedies like...

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