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Performing patriotism : national identity in the colonial and revolutionary American theater / Jason Shaffer.

By: Shaffer, Jason.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Early American studies: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2007Description: 230 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780812240245 (hbk.); 0812240243 (hbk.).Subject(s): Theater -- United States -- History -- 18th century | American drama -- 18th century -- History and criticism | Theater and society -- United States -- History -- 18th century | Nationalism and literature -- United States -- History -- 18th century | National characteristics, American, in literature | Patriotism in literature | United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Literature and the revolutionDDC classification: 792.0973 LOC classification: PN2237 | .S53 2007
Contents:
Theater, nation, and state in early America -- Cato and company : a genealogy of performance -- Free-born poeples : the politics of professional theater in early America -- A school for patriots : colonial college theater -- Bellicose letters : propaganda plays of the Revolution -- Epilogue : Post-revolutionary patriotism and the American theater.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [179]-218) and index.

Theater, nation, and state in early America -- Cato and company : a genealogy of performance -- Free-born poeples : the politics of professional theater in early America -- A school for patriots : colonial college theater -- Bellicose letters : propaganda plays of the Revolution -- Epilogue : Post-revolutionary patriotism and the American theater.

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Shaffer (English, United States Naval Academy) provides an engrossing genealogy of patriotism in early American theater. Unlike those who treat Colonial and postcolonial drama as the prehistory of a more fully formed national culture in the 19th century, the author looks at the way theater shaped--and was shaped by--America's transformation from province to colony to sovereign nation. Early in the 18th century, he points out, Colonial performances of British drama imported a mass-cultural model of British identity to the Colonies. But in encouraging colonials to see themselves as empowered political subjects, Colonial theater became an American vernacular in which playwrights, actors, and audiences experimented with revolutionary notions of independence and autonomy, first in adaptations of British works and then in new plays that helped seed democracy but also drifted into jingoism and other unsavory territory. Though Shaffer's timely study of how early America used patriotic discourse to negotiate "what [it] thought it was, and what it thought it was not" will not stop opportunistic misuses of early American history, the book reminds the reader that such distortions are themselves part of the legacy of early American patriotic discourse. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. D. R. Harrison Florida Gulf Coast University

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Jason Shaffer is Associate Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy.

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