Drama, Censorship and Romantic Period Subcultures 1773-1832
By (author) David Worrall
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Theatric Revolution by David Worrall
Book DescriptionThe theatre and drama of the late Georgian period have been the focus of a number of recent studies, but such work has tended to ignore its social and political contexts. Theatric Revolution redresses the balance by considering the role of stage censorship during the Romantic period, an era otherwise associated with the freedom of expression. Looking beyond the Royal theatres at Covent Garden and Drury Lane which have dominated most recent accounts of the period, this book examines the day-to-day workings of the Lord Chamberlain's Examiner of Plays and shows that radicalized groups of individuals continuously sought ways to evade the suppression of both playhouses and dramatic texts. Incorporating a wealth of new research, David Worrall reveals the centrality of theatre within busy networks of print culture, politics of all casts, elite and popular cultures, and metropolitan and provincial audiences. Ranging from the drawing room of Queen Caroline's private theatrical to the song-and-supper dens of Soho and radical free and easies, Theatric Revolution deals with the complex vitality of Romantic theatrical culture, and its intense politicization at all levels. This fascinating new study will be of great value to cultural historians, as well as to literary and theatre scholars.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199239139
(216mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Worrall
Harlequin Empire, Paperback (January 2016)
Under the 1737 Licensing Act, Covent Garden, Dury Lane and regional Theatres Royal held a monopoly on the dramatic canon. This work explores the presentation of foreign cultures and ethnicities on the popular British stage from 1750 to 1840. It argues that this illegitimate stage was the site for a plebeian Enlightenment.
Celebrity, Performance, Reception, Hardback (September 2013)
Worrall presents an innovative transposition of social assemblage theory into eighteenth-century British theatre and performance history.
Politics of Romantic Theatricality, 1787-1832, Hardback (April 2007)
This book sets out the political and cultural conditions regulating dramatic writing during an era of censorship and monopolistic royal theatres. Using a range of plays and manuscripts, it argues for the centrality of burletta, the theatrical locus of the attacks on the Cockney school of poetry and the vitality of the metropolitan dramatic scene.
Blake, Nation and Empire, Hardback (September 2006)» View all books by David Worrall
This book examines Blake's work in the context of discourses of nation and empire, of the construction of a public sphere, and restores the longevity to his artistic career by placing emphasis on his work in the 1820s. Relevant contexts include technology, sentimentalism, Ireland and Catholic Emancipation, missionary prospectuses and body politics.
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Author Biography - David Worrall
David Worrall is Professor of English Literature at The Nottingham Trent University.
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