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National Myth and Imperial Fantasy: Representations of Britishness on the Early Eighteenth-Century Stage [NOOK Book]

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Eighteenth-century drama is often dismissed as homogenous, aesthetically uninteresting, or politically complacent. This book reveals the incredibly intriguing and intricate nature of the periods history plays and their often messy dramatisaton of the complexities of patriotic rhetoric and national identification.
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National Myth and Imperial Fantasy: Representations of Britishness on the Early Eighteenth-Century Stage

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Overview



Eighteenth-century drama is often dismissed as homogenous, aesthetically uninteresting, or politically complacent. This book reveals the incredibly intriguing and intricate nature of the periods history plays and their often messy dramatisaton of the complexities of patriotic rhetoric and national identification.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230267244
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/12/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 339 KB

Meet the Author



LOUISE MARSHALL lectures in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature at the Department of English, Aberystwyth University, UK. She has written several articles that discuss the political resonance of the early eighteenth-century stage and the dramatic representation of mythologies of Britishness.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Dramatising Britain - Nation, Fantasy and the London Stage, 1719-1745 1

1 Ancient Britons and Liberty 18

2 Kings, Ministers and Favourites: the National Myth in Peril 48

3 Shakespeare, the National Scaffold 78

4 Britain, Empire and Julius Caesar 108

5 Turks, Christians and Imperial Fantasy 142

Conclusion: History, Fantasy and the Staging of Britishness 180

Notes 189

Bibliography 212

Index 220

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