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Theatric Revolution Drama, Censorship, and Romantic Period Subcultures 1773-1832 by David (Professor of English Literature, The Nottingham Trent University) Worrall
  

Theatric Revolution Drama, Censorship, and Romantic Period Subcultures 1773-1832

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Theatric Revolution Drama, Censorship, and Romantic Period Subcultures 1773-1832 by David (Professor of English Literature, The Nottingham Trent University) Worrall

The theatre and drama of the late Georgian period have been the focus of a number of recent studies, but such work has tended to ignore its social and political contexts. Theatric Revolution redresses the balance by considering the role of stage censorship during the Romantic period, an era otherwise associated with the freedom of expression. Looking beyond the Royal theatres at Covent Garden and Drury Lane which have dominated most recent accounts of the period, this book examines the day-to-day workings of the Lord Chamberlain's Examiner of Plays and shows that radicalized groups of individuals continuously sought ways to evade the suppression of both playhouses and dramatic texts. Incorporating a wealth of new research, David Worrall reveals the centrality of theatre within busy networks of print culture, politics of all casts, elite and popular cultures, and metropolitan and provincial audiences. Ranging from the drawing room of Queen Caroline's private theatrical to the song-and-supper dens of Soho and radical free and easies, Theatric Revolution deals with the complex vitality of Romantic theatrical culture, and its intense politicization at all levels. This fascinating new study will be of great value to cultural historians, as well as to literary and theatre scholars.

Reviews

theatrical microhistories are deeply researched and sparkle with insight, and historians and literary scholars alike will find them fascinating * Robert Poole, Reviews in History * Review from previous edition Worrall takes us on a dazzling journey ... His research is thorough and wide-ranging, relying almost entirely on primary sources ... Much new ground is broken here. * Paula Byrne, Times Literary Supplement *


About the Author

David Worrall is Professor of English Literature at The Nottingham Trent University.

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Publication date

11th September 2008

Author

David (Professor of English Literature, The Nottingham Trent University) Worrall

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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Ethical issues: censorship

ISBN

9780199239139

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