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Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State (Hardback)
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Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State (Hardback)

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Hardback 290 Pages / Published: 16/06/2017
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This book begins with a simple observation - that just as the theatre resurfaced during the late Renaissance, so too government as we understand it today also began to appear. Their mutually entwining history was to have a profound influence on the development of the modern British stage. This volume proposes a new reading of theatre's relation to the public sphere. Employing a series of historical case studies drawn from the London theatre, Tony Fisher shows why the stage was of such great concern to government by offering close readings of well-known religious, moral, political, economic and legal disputes over the role, purpose and function of the stage in the 'well-ordered society'. In framing these disputes in relation to what Michel Foucault called the emerging 'art of government', this book draws out - for the first time - a full genealogy of the governmental 'discourse on the theatre'.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107182158
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 234 x 159 x 20 mm


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'In this masterful and original study, Fisher combines philosophical reflection, discourse analysis and substantial archival research to produce a new way of considering the symbiotic relationship between state and theatre. While focused on English theatre history between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, its approach could and should be applied with profit to other countries as well.' Christopher Balme, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
'In this masterful and original study, Fisher combines philosophical reflection, discourse analysis and substantial archival research to produce a new way of considering the symbiotic relationship between state and theatre. While focused on English theatre history between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, its approach could and should be applied with profit to other countries as well.' Christopher Balme, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen

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