Politics, Performance and Popular Culture: Theatre and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain - Studies in Popular Culture (Paperback)
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Politics, Performance and Popular Culture: Theatre and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain - Studies in Popular Culture (Paperback)

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Published: 14/02/2023
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This collection brings together studies of popular performance and politics across the nineteenth century, offering a fresh perspective from an archivally grounded research base. It works with the concept that politics is performative and performance is political. The book is organised into three parts in dialogue regarding specific approaches to popular performance and politics. Part I offers a series of conceptual studies using popular culture as an analytical category for social and political history. Part II explores the ways that performance represents and constructs contemporary ideologies of race, nation and empire. Part III investigates the performance techniques of specific politicians – including Robert Peel, Keir Hardie and Henry Hyndman – and analyses the performative elements of collective movements.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526167231
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm


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'This collection will be a landmark work across the disciplines of theatre studies, social and cultural history, and cultural studies broadly conceived.' Peter Bailey, Indiana University‘This welcome, and often entertaining, volume brings together a synergy often remarked on but seldom explored in a systematic way: politics and the theatre. Bringing together historians and theatre scholars, the editors are to be congratulated for producing a coherent and focused collection of essays, largely structured around the concept and practice of performance, which probe that relationship from both sides of the divide: the politics of theatre, and the theatrical nature of politics.’Matthew Roberts, Sheffield Hallam University, Parliamentary History, June 2019'This book constitutes an argument for theatre history as a rigorous interdisciplinary form of study that can remake social history through attentiveness to the meanings of performance. For that reason, it deserves to have an impact beyond that of Victorian Studies. It also constitutes one of the most original works of political history for a long time.'Rohan McWilliam, Anglia Ruskin University, Social History'The authors and editors have collectively enriched the study of politics and performance and helped to carry it forward.'Joseph S. Meisel, Brown University, Journal of Victorian Culture - .

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