Women, Nationalism, and the Romantic Stage: Theatre and Politics in Britain, 1780-1800

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 19, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
In the 1780s and 90s, theater critics described the stage as a state in political tumult, while politicians invoked theater as a model for politics both good and bad. In this study, Betsy Bolton examines the ways Romantic women performers and playwrights used theatrical conventions to intervene in politics. This well illustrated study draws on canonical poetry and personal memoirs, popular drama and parliamentary debates, political caricatures and theatrical reviews to extend current understandings of Romantic theater, the public sphere, and Romantic gender relations.
 

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Contents

STAG ING THE NATION
11
ROMAN CING THE STATE PUBLIC MEN
33
Varieties of romance nationalism
45
Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson
73
Perdita Robinson and William
106
Mimicry politics and playwrighting
141
Hannah Cowleys Day in Turkey
173
Elizabeth Inchbald
202
what is she?
230
JNotes
240
Select bibliography
256
Index
265
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Betsy Bolton is Associate Professor of English at Swarthmore College.

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