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Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson

Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson
Into the Hands of the People

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Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521825085

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  • Theater has often served as a touchstone for moments of political change or national definition and as a way of exploring cultural and ethnic identity. Heather Nathans examines its growth and influence in the development of the young American Republic--from the Revolution through the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800. Unlike many works on early American theater, this book explores the lives and motives of the people working behind the scenes to establish a new national drama.

    • The only full-length book that deals with this topic during this period
    • Unlike most traditional studies of the post-Revolutionary theatre, this book focuses on the crucial social, political and financial context
    • Offers an interdisciplinary approach to the process of cultural formation, integrating the work of theatre historians, cultural historians, Americanists and sociologists
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    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521825085
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. Extravagance and dissipation
    2. Revolutionary transformations
    3. 'A democracy of glee'
    4. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker
    5. A commercial community
    6. Into the hands of the people
    Epilogue: 'from an infant stage'
    Tables
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Heather S. Nathans, University of Maryland, College Park
    Heather S. Nathans is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also currently a Non-Resident Fellow at the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. Her articles on the early national theater have appeared in the Pennsylvania History Journal, The New England Theatre Journal, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre.

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