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Theatre Culture in America, 1825–1860


Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033039

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  • Theatre Culture in America, 1825–1860 examines how Americans staged their cultures in the decades before the Civil War, and advances the idea that cultures are performances which take place both inside and outside of playhouses. Americans imaginatively expanded conventional ideas of performance as an activity restricted to theatres in order to take up the staging of culture in other venues - in issues of class, race and gender, in parades and the visits of dignitaries, in rioting and the denomination of prostitutes, and in views of the town, the city and the frontier. Joining historical research with a firm and clear-headed grasp of contemporary critical theory, Theatre Culture in America offers an interesting approach to the complex intersections of American theatre and culture.

    • An innovative analysis of the relationship of theatre and culture
    • Joins historical research and contemporary critical theory
    • Useful to students of theatre, art, literature, philosophy, history, sociology and American culture
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    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033039
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Prologue: universal spaces
    1. The return of Lafayette
    2. The opening of the Erie canal
    Part I. Spaces of Representation:
    3. The town
    4. The city
    5. The frontier
    Part II. Liminal Spaces:
    6. Work
    7. Class
    Part III. Spaces of Legitimation:
    8. Bodying forth
    9. Sensation scenes
    10. Displaced play
    Epilogue: simultaneous spaces

  • Author

    Rosemarie K. Bank, Kent State University, Ohio

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