Politics Of Romantic Theatricality, 1787-1832

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This study sets out the political and cultural conditions regulating writing for the stage during an era of censorship, the monopolistic royal theatres, and an emerging plebeian public sphere of drama located in London's new playhouses and "spouting clubs." Using a range of neglected plays and manuscripts, it argues for the centrality of burletta, the theatrical locus of the attacks on the Cockney school of poetry and the disruptive vitality of the metropolitan dramatic scene.

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This study sets out the political and cultural conditions regulating writing for the stage during an era of censorship, the monopolistic royal theatres, and an emerging plebeian public sphere of drama located in London's new playhouses and "spouting clubs." Using a range of neglected plays and manuscripts, it argues for the centrality of burletta, the theatrical locus of the attacks on the Cockney school of poetry and the disruptive vitality of the metropolitan dramatic scene.

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DAVID WORRALL is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is the author of Theatric Revolution: Drama, Censorship and Romantic Period Subcultures, 1773-1832 (2006) and co-editor, with Steve Clark, of Historicizing Blake (1994), Blake in the Nineties (1999), and Blake, Nation and Empire (2006).

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Introduction
• Busby, Burletta and Barnwell: Music, Stage and Audience
• Dramatic Topicality: Robert Merry's The Magician No Conjurer and the 1791 Birmingham Riots
• Black Face and Black Mask: The Benevolent Planters Versus Harlequin Mungo
Belles Lettres to Burletta: William Henry Ireland as Fortune's Fool
The Libertine Reclaimed: Burletta and the Cockney Presence
• The Royal Amphitheatre and Olympic Tom and Jerry Burlettas
• Moncrieff's Tom and Jerry and its Spin-Offs
• Conclusion: The Canadian Tom and Jerry Murder
• Notes
• Bibliography of Primary Sources
• Index

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