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Theatrical nation : Jews and other outlandish Englishmen in Georgian Britain /
Michael Ragussis.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
vii, 247 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
9780812242201 (alk. paper)
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
9780812242201 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-02-01:
In Figures of Conversion (CH, Dec'95, 33-2012), Ragussis (Georgetown Univ.) discussed "the Jewish question" and English national identity as developed in the novel. Here he turns his attention to Georgian theater, exploring the representation on the English stage of the "ethnic other" as a way of understanding both the theater and issues affecting the nation itself. Noting the importance of the topic of national identity as highlighted by the Act of Union with Scotland (1707), the Jewish Naturalization Act (1753), and the Act of Union with Ireland (1800), the author shows how stage portrayals of the Jewish, Scot, and Irish character illuminate the social and cultural tensions exposed by the attempt to build a new Britain. He illustrates a revisionist attempt to rehabilitate ethnic identity from these theatrical stereotypes, both on the stage and in the early-19th-century novels of writers like Maria Edgeworth and Sir Walter Scott. Ragussis writes with authority and clarity, and the early chapters include useful period illustrations. A solid resource for those interested in cultural studies as well as English literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. H. Benoist Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio
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Table of Contents
Note on Performance Historiesp. vii
“Family Quarrels”p. 1
“Cutting Off Tongues”: Multiethnic Spectacle and Ethnic Passingp. 43
“Cheeld o' Commerce”: Merchants, Jews, and Fathers in a Commercial Nationp. 87
“Circumcised Gentiles,” On Stage and Offp. 118
Novel Performances and “the Slaves of Art”p. 139
“For Our English Eyes”: Regendering Ethnic Performance in the Novelp. 163
Epilogue: New Scenes for Old Farcesp. 195
Notesp. 213
Indexp. 241
Acknowledgmentsp. 247
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