Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Douglas L. Paterson


This study centers upon a dramatic analysis of three different English dramatic periods, playwrights and their inter-linked plays. The works are: Thomas Killgrew’s Thomaso, or The Wanderer (1656); Aphra Behn’s The Rover, or The Banish’t Cavaliers (1677); and John Philip Kemble’s Love in Many Masks (1790). Of the tree works, Behn’s play received the most recognition; nonetheless, different critics and scholars have accused her of plagiarizing Killgrew’s closet drama. Throughout the course of this thesis an evaluation will be constructed to disprove the validity of that charge by observing specific scenes, the tone of mood, and the characters with particular attention given to the lead female roles.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Dramatic Arts and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1993 Margaret L. Whedon.

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