Glorious Causes: The Grand Theatre of Political Change, 1789-1833

Glorious Causes: The Grand Theatre of Political Change, 1789-1833

by Julia Swindells
ISBN-10:
0198187297
ISBN-13:
9780198187295
Pub. Date:
04/01/1901
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Glorious Causes: The Grand Theatre of Political Change, 1789-1833

Glorious Causes explores the politics of theatricality and the theatricality of politics in late Georgian Britain, at a time when the British nation can be described as a stage for reform. Political rhetoric during this period was characterized by a rich vocabulary, drawing on theatrical language and forms, from melodrama and tragedy, to comedy and burlesque. Most importantly, activity in the theaters themselves, often dismissed until recently as vulgar or sentimental, was highly charged with political dynamic and controversy, central to the drama of reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198187295
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/01/1901
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julia Swindells is Director of English Studies, Homerton College, Cambridge

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene
Prologue Reform in the Theatre, Causing a Hubbub
1. The Grand Theatre of Reform
2. Slavery, Removing the Curtain from the Truth
3. Dark Satanic Mills, Transforming the Face of England
4. Distressed Tenants and Rural Landscapes
5. Women Players and the Protection Racket
6. The Grand Theatre of Political Change, 1789 to 1833
Epilogue Profane Plays and Immoral Oratorios
Bibliography
Index

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