Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment [NOOK Book]

Overview

David Worrall explores the presentation of foreign cultures and ethnicities on the popular British stage from 1750 to 1840. Under the 1737 Licensing Act, Covent Garden, Dury Lane and regional Theatres Royal held a monopoly on the dramatic canon. Excluded from polite dramatic discourse, non-patent theatres produced harlequinades, melodrama, pantomimes and spectacles. Worrall argues that this illegitimate stage was the site for a plebeian Enlightenment. Discussions about natural and civil rights, voyage and ...
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Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment

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Overview

David Worrall explores the presentation of foreign cultures and ethnicities on the popular British stage from 1750 to 1840. Under the 1737 Licensing Act, Covent Garden, Dury Lane and regional Theatres Royal held a monopoly on the dramatic canon. Excluded from polite dramatic discourse, non-patent theatres produced harlequinades, melodrama, pantomimes and spectacles. Worrall argues that this illegitimate stage was the site for a plebeian Enlightenment. Discussions about natural and civil rights, voyage and discovery, and Britain's relationship with other cultures were relentlessly enacted. Romantic period drama is a growing field for study. Worrall combines thorough historical analysis with an enjoyment of the vitality and diversity of the works discussed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781441084
  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Enlightenment World
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 395 KB

Table of Contents

1 The Theatrical Network

2 The Representation of Race on the Georgian Stage

3 James Hewlett, Ira Aldridge and The Death Of Christophe, King Of Hayti

4 Islamic India Restored: El Hyder and Tippoo Saib at the Royal Cobourg Theatre

5 The North African Islamic States on the British and American Stage

6 Pacific Pantomimes: Omai, Or, A Trip Round The World And The Death Of Captain Cook

7 Colonists, Convicts, Settlers And Natives: La Perouse, Pitcairn’s Island and Van Diemen’s Land!
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