Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770--1790 by Daniel O'Quinn

By Daniel O'Quinn

lower than two decades after saying worldwide dominance within the Seven Years' conflict, Britain suffered a devastating defeat while it misplaced the yank colonies. Daniel O'Quinn explores how the theaters and the newspapers labored in live performance to mediate the occasions of the yankee battle for British audiences and the way those convergent media tried to articulate a post-American destiny for British imperial society.Building at the methodological techniques of his 2005 booklet Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770-1800, O'Quinn demonstrates how the reconstitution of British imperial subjectivities concerned a nearly nightly engagement with a wealthy leisure tradition that unavoidably included details circulated within the day-by-day press. each one bankruptcy investigates varied moments within the American concern during the research of scenes of social and theatrical functionality and during cautious readings of works by way of figures reminiscent of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, William Cowper, Hannah extra, Arthur Murphy, Hannah Cowley, George Colman, and Georg Friedrich Handel. via a detailed engagement with this assorted leisure archive, O'Quinn lines the hollowing out of elite British masculinity in the course of the 1770s and examines the ensuing concepts for reconfiguring principles of gender, sexuality, and sociability that may stabilize nationwide and imperial family within the 1780s. jointly, O'Quinn's books provide a dramatic account of the worldwide shifts in British imperial tradition that might be of curiosity to students in theater and function experiences, eighteenth-century reports, Romanticism, and trans-Atlantic studies.

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