2) Even as late as 1729 John Disney condemned the sexually provocative example of romantic comedy, "whose Argument is generally some lewd Intrigue of Fornication or Adultery; the Wit and Language made up of Profaneness
, Double Entendres of obscenity, and the contempt of whatever is grave and serious; the main drift, to instruct people in the Arts of debauching and the opportunities of being debauched.
Collier, A Short View of the Immortality and Profaneness
of the English Stage
Isaac Barrow, Opuscula, Clarendon, History of the Rebellion, White Kennet, Collectanea Curiosa, John Walker, Sufferings of the Clergy, Jeremy Collier, Immorality and Profaneness
of the English Stage (1698).
Pagan that he is, Leontes imagines that his "great profaneness
against [the] oracle" (3.
Punishing of Vice, Profaneness
, and Immorality," British Journal of
11) Unlike Collier's Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness
of the English Stage (1698), these treatises do not analyze particular plays, but tend instead to elide libertinism onstage and off, characterizing scandalous plays as expressions of libertine lives.
An Act for the Due Observation and Keeping the First Day of the Week as the Sabbath, of Lord's Day, and for Punishing Disorders and Profaneness
on the Same (1779), in Laws of Vermont, 1777-80, ed.
While the congregation left the door open to dance as a legitimate form of liturgical expression in non-Western cultures, it found that dancing in the West "is tied with love, with diversion, with profaneness
, with unbridling of the senses.
17) Jeremy Collier, A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness
, of the English Stage (1698) and Arthur Bedford, The Evil and Danger of Stage Plays: Shewing their Natural Tendency to Destroy Religion, and introduce a General Corruption of Manners (1706).
His "Funebria Florae, or the Downfall of May-Games" put the local maypole in the same category as all the other "rudeness, profaneness
, stealing, drinking, fighting, dancing, whoring and misrule" operating in the parish of this day.
We are fallen into those dregs of time wherein hypocrisy and profaneness
seem to divide the world between them, and all true and unaffected piety is out of countenance.
A reading from Jeremy Collier's 1698 diatribe A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness
of the English Stage, peppered with words like "smuttiness," "debauchery," "indecency" and "rankness," evoked the Rev.