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Strolling players of empire : theater and performances of power in the British imperial provinces, 1656-1833

Title
Strolling players of empire : theater and performances of power in the British imperial provinces, 1656-1833 / Kathleen Wilson.
ISBN
9781108786317 (ebook)
9781108479783 (hardback)
9781108790819 (paperback)
Publication
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2022.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xvi, 480 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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Summary
Why did Britons get up a play wherever they went? Kathleen Wilson reveals how the performance of English theater and a theatricalized way of viewing the world shaped the geopolitics and culture of empire in the long eighteenth century. Ranging across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans to encompass Kingston, Calcutta, Fort Marlborough, St. Helena and Port Jackson as well as London and provincial towns, she shows how Britons on the move transformed peripheries into historical stages where alternative collectivities were enacted, imagined and lived. Men and women of various ethnicities, classes and legal statuses produced and performed English theater in the world, helping to consolidate a national and imperial culture. The theater of empire also enabled non-British people to adapt or interpret English cultural traditions through their own performances, as Englishness also became a production of non-English peoples across the globe.
Variant and related titles
Cambridge core frontlist 2022.
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Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 20, 2022
Series
Critical perspectives on empire.
Critical perspectives on empire
Contents
Prologue: Strollers without borders
Introduction: Britain's theatrical empire
Peripheralizing the spheres : theatrical assemblages of the imperial provinces
Rowe's Fair penitent as global history : colonial family strategies and the imperatives of nation
The lure of the other : Jews, Nabobs and enslaved Africans in a transcolonial imaginary
Performances of freedom : Jamaican Maroons in imperial transit
Blackface empire : or, the slavery meridian
Zanga's colony : revenge in Sydney
Performing the wonder in Sumatra : theatrical ethnography in a New World history
In conclusion: Napoleonic Gothic, or St. Helena as center of the British world.
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