Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770-1800
By (author) Daniel O'Quinn
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Staging Governance by Daniel O'Quinn
Book DescriptionBetween 1770 and 1800, transformations in the relationship between metropolitan British society and its colonial holdings, and in the concept of the nation itself, left Britons with a new sense of themselves. Over the same period, the consolidation of the middle classes was accompanied by growing social constraints on sexuality and family life. Staging Governance locates the intersection of these two trends in the representation of British India on the London stage. Theatrical productions, especially those representing colonial life, pushed the limits of public discourse on sexuality and colonialism even as the government made efforts to shape and narrow them. At the same time, official discourse on colonial practices, such as the public trials of Clive and Hastings, became theatrical events themselves. Exploring this rapidly shifting world through a series of original readings of dramatic texts and important moments of oratory, Staging Governance demonstrates how the perceived crises of imperial and domestic Britain joined these spheres in the popular imagination. The economics of political and sexual exchange not only became entwined but functioned as mutual supports during a period of social, cultural, and political readjustment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801879616
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Daniel O'Quinn
Turkish Embassy Letters, Paperback (November 2012)
A pioneering woman traveler's impressions of Turkey are collected with a wealth of contemporary historical documents in this edition.
Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730-1830, Hardback (October 2007)» View all books by Daniel O'Quinn
A contributory volume covering all aspects of theatre in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
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Author Biography - Daniel O'Quinn
Daniel O'Quinn is an associate professor in the School of Literatures and Performance Studies in English at the University of Guelph, Ontario.
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