Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770-1790

Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770-1790

by Daniel O'Quinn


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801899317
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel O'Quinn is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and author of Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770–1800, also published by Johns Hopkins. He is also coeditor of the Cambridge Companion to British Theater, 1730–1830 and editor of Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Entertainment, Mediation, and the Future of Empire
I. Diversions
1. The Agents of Mars and the Temples of Venus: John Burgoyne's Remediated Pleasures
2. Out to America: Performance and the Politics of Mediated Space
II. Regime Change
3. To Rise in Greater Splendor: John André's Errant Knights
4. "The body" of David Garrick: Richard Brinsley Sheridan, America, and the Ends of Theatre
III. Celebrations
5. Which Is the Man? Remediation, Interruption, and the Celebration of Martial Masculinity
6. Days and Nights of the Living Dead: Handelmania
Coda: "In praise of the oak, its advantage and prosperity"

What People are Saying About This

Tracy C. Davis

Danny O’Quinn, who has written brilliantly on the performative dialogues between London and British-ruled India during the Hastings trial, here takes on the subtle shifts of national mood as Britain reacted to the American war of independence. In this masterful account, O’Quinn relates the coextensive media of newspapers and performance (theatre and music) to demonstrate key incidents in the chastened nation’s rearticulation of British liberty, subjunctively projected onto a future conditioned by divine will. Never before has entertainment been so explicitly demonstrated as central to the conception of sovereignty, the practices of empire and the public life, and the defining values of British subjectivity.

Gillian Russell

Entertaining Crisis is cultural history as it should be done, a meticulously researched account of how the British mediated and shaped the news from America in the 1770s and 1780s through theatre and related forms of public performance. It is a major achievement which not only reinforces the centrality of theatre in eighteenth-century life but also advances a genuinely interdisciplinary eighteenth-century and Romantic studies.

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