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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay investigates the scenic poles of city and frontier as sites for the American drama. It explains that the frontier and the urban were productive of distinct dramatic figures during the antebellum decades. The frontier served as a register of modern concerns while urban plays focused on poverty, seductive dimensions of city life, and threats to morality. This essay also analyzes relevant plays, including Anna Cora Mowatt’s Fashion, Benjamin Baker’s A Glance at New York, and George H. Boker’s Francesca da Rimini.

Keywords: American drama, city, frontier, Anna Cora Mowatt, Fashion, Benjamin Baker, A Glance at New York, George H. Boker, Francesca da Rimini

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