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Author Marshall, Louise H
Title National myth and imperial fantasy [electronic resource] : representations of British identity on the early eighteenth-century stage / Louise H. Marshall
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008
book jacket
Descript vii, 223 p
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: Dramatising Britain: Nation, Fantasy and the London Stage, 1719-1745 -- AncientBritons and Liberty -- Kings, Ministers and Favourites, the National Myth in Peril -- Shakespeare, the National Scaffold -- Britain, Empire and Julius Caesar -- Turks, Christians and Imperial Fantasy-- Conclusion: History, Fantasy and the Staging of Britishness -- Bibliography -- Index --
Electronic reproduction. Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Mode of access:World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on Mar. 3, 2009). Access may berestricted to users at subscribing institutions
Although eighteenth-century drama has been dismissed as stylistically homogenous, aesthetically uninteresting, and even politically complacent, National Myth and Imperial Fantasy reveals the intriguing and intricate nature of the period's history plays. As a body of texts, these plays disclose the conflicts and concerns of contemporary political and private lives, creating, for modern readers, a picture of the period's instabilities. Through their often messy dramatisations of the complexities of patriotic rhetoric and national identification, they reflect a world of contrasts, where the shrinking globe gives rise to increasing commercial and imperial possibilities, and where fantasies and mythologies of Britishness vie to construct a cohesive image of the nation as adominant colonial power. Examining representations of the nation's imagined patriotic predecessors and historical enemies, both foreign and domestic, National Myth and Imperial Fantasy offers one of the first close readings of a series of lesser known yet historically vital dramas
Link Original 0230573371 9780230573376 (OCoLC)237885889
Subject English drama -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Colonies in literature
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Great Britain -- In literature
Electronic books. local
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