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American Political Drama, 1910–45  

Christopher J. Herr

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the history of political drama in the United States from 1910 to 1945. It describes the diversity of styles used and attitudes taken by politically influenced dramas, ... More

Antebellum Frontier and Urban Plays, 1825–60  

Rosemarie Bank

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
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 ... More

Antebellum Plays by Women: Contexts and Themes  

Amelia Howe Kritzer

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay focuses on the emergence of women playwrights in the United States during the antebellum period. It analyzes the works of several women playwrights, including Anna Cora Mowatt, ... More

Coleridge as Playwright  

George Erving

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Feb 2012
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Dec 2012
This article examines the career of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a playwright. It suggests that Coleridge's influence as a dramatic critic has overshadowed his reputation as a playwright. ... More

Early Republican Drama  

Jeffrey H. Richards

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines American playwrights’ post-Revolutionary fixation on republicanism as the motivating source for their dramatic themes. It analyzes several plays including Judith ... More

Minstrelsy and Uncle Tom  

Sarah Meer

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the connection of the stage version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin to minstrelsy, a distinctly nonmelodramatic mode of American drama that runs on parody ... More

The Politics of Antebellum Melodrama  

Scott C. Martin

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay explores American melodrama with a political twist. It suggests that melodrama is only a literary or dramatic genre but a cultural style that suffused antebellum American life ... More

Representing Ethnic Identity on the Antebellum Stage, 1825–61  

Heather S. Nathans

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the history of ethnic representation in the American theater. It highlights the proliferation of Native American, Irish, German, and Jewish characters between the ... More

The Rise of African American Drama, 1822–79  

Marvin McAllister

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
This essay examines the history of the African American drama from 1822 to 1879. It provides evidence indicating the active theatrical self-definition of black writers and performers ... More

Romanticism and War  

Simon Bainbridge

This article examines the development of scholarship on literary responses to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793–1815. It examines the reasons for the surprising lack of research ... More

Tragedy: The Cenci Swellfoot the Tyrant  

Michael Rossington

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter analyses Shelley's two tragedies, The Cenci and Swellfoot the Tyrant. It discusses Shelley's view of the purpose of drama, and The Cenci and Swellfoot the Tyrant as national ... More

Victorian Theatre: Research Problems and Progress  

Katherine Newey

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2015
The theatre was a significant institution of public life in the nineteenth century, and an important source of aesthetic innovation and entrepreneurial energy in Victorian culture. The ... More

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