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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines American playwrights’ post-Revolutionary fixation on republicanism as the motivating source for their dramatic themes. It analyzes several plays including Judith Sargent Murray’s Ladies of Castile, Royall Tyler’s The Contrast, and J. Robinson’s The Yorker’s Stratagem, and suggest that they all develop something of a republican theme. This essay also argues that the republican political plays of the 1780s to 1820s reveal different ways by which republicanism may be enacted or celebrated in the United States.

Keywords: American playwrights, republicanism, dramatic themes, Judith Sargent Murray, Ladies of Castile, Royall Tyler, The Contrast, J. Robinson, The Yorker’s Stratagem

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