Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The Impresario in Political and Cultural Context

Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The Impresario in Political and Cultural Context

by Jack DeRochi
     
 

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This collection reinvigorates Sheridan studies by presenting his spectacular life and extraordinary works in the intricate political, social, and cultural context of Georgian London. The author of The Rivals, The Duenna, The School for Scandal, and the The Critic was also an innovative theatrical manager, a flashy profligate, and the mainstay of political

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This collection reinvigorates Sheridan studies by presenting his spectacular life and extraordinary works in the intricate political, social, and cultural context of Georgian London. The author of The Rivals, The Duenna, The School for Scandal, and the The Critic was also an innovative theatrical manager, a flashy profligate, and the mainstay of political opposition in the decisive decades of the late eighteen and early nineteenth centuries.

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The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer
Transformative figures in their own right, the editors effectively update the enigmatic impresario for a current-day scholarly audience. The strength of DeRochi and Ennis’ collection resides in the treatment of its principal subject as a dynamic and complex participant in the social, political, and artistic discourses of the eighteenth century. . .DeRochi and Ennis bring together discrete critical voices, creating a holistic portrait of Sheridan as poet, playwright, critic, orator, and polemicist. In its desire to bring Sheridan into the twenty-first century, the collection imitates its principal subject, whose ability to transform himself with the changing times is dramatically and decisively detailed in these pages. . . .the collection is astoundingly great.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611484809
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
12/22/2012
Series:
Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850 Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Jack E. DeRochi is associate professor of English at Winthrop University. He has published several articles on late eighteenth-century drama and satire in such publications as Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Research and Studies in American Humor. His essay on the emergence of the masculine gothic was included in Prologues, Epilogues, Curtain-Raisers and Afterpieces: The Rest of the Eighteenth-Century London Stage (2007).

Daniel J. Ennis is professor of English at Coastal Carolina University. He is the author of Enter the Press-Gang: Representations of Naval Impressment in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (2002) and edited, with Judith B. Slagle, a collection of essays entitled Prologues, Epilogues, Curtain-Raisers and Afterpieces: The Rest of the Eighteenth-Century London Stage (2007). He has published essays on John Dryden, Christopher Smart and Lord Byron among others.

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