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Author Richards, Jeffrey H.
Title Drama, theater, and identity in the American New Republic / Jeffrey H. Richards.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2005]
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Series Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama ; 22.
Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama ; 22.
Subject Theater and society -- United States.
National characteristics, American.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 392 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 362-383) and index.
Contents Introduction: American identities and the transatlantic stage. -- Staging revolution at the margins of celebration. -- Revolution and unnatural identity in Crèvecoeur's "Landscapes" -- British author, American text: The Poor Soldier in the new republic. -- American author, British source: writing revolution in Murray's Traveler Returned. -- Patriotic interrogations: committees of safety in early American drama. -- Dunlap's queer André: versions of revolution and manhood. -- Coloring identities: race, religion, and the exotic. -- Susanna Rawson and the dramatized Muslim. -- James Nelson Barker and the stage American Native. -- American stage Irish in the early republic. -- Black theater, white theater, and the stage African. -- Theodore, culture, and reflected identity. -- Tales of the Philadelphia Theodore: Osmond, national performance, and supranational identity. -- A British or an American tar? Play, player, and spectator in Norfolk, 1797-1800. -- After The Contrast: Tyler, civic virtue, and the Boston stage.
Summary Jeffrey Richards examines a variety of phenomena connected to the stage, including closet Revolutionary political plays, British drama on American boards, American-authored stage plays, and poetry and fiction by early Republican writers. American theater is viewed by Richards as a transatlantic hybrid in which British theatrical traditions provide material and templates by which Americans express themselves and their relationship to others. Through intensive analysis of plays, this book confronts matters of political, ethnic, and cultural identity by moving from play text to theatrical context and from historical event to audience demography.--Publisher description.
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ISBN 0511132824 (electronic bk.)
9780511132827 (electronic bk.)
051113228X
9780511132285
9780511486128 (ebook)
051148612X (ebook)
128121793X
9781281217936
052184746X (hardback)
9780521847469 (hardback)
OCLC # 62425210
Additional Format Print version: Richards, Jeffrey H. Drama, theatre, and identity in the American New Republic. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005 052184746X (OCoLC)61176542.