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A race of female patriots : women and public spirit on the British stage, 1688-1745, Brett D. Wilson

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A race of female patriots : women and public spirit on the British stage, 1688-1745
Title
A race of female patriots
Title remainder
women and public spirit on the British stage, 1688-1745
Statement of responsibility
Brett D. Wilson
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Language
eng
Summary
"A Race of Female Patriots argues that public-spirited women proliferated on the eighteenth-century British stage to catalyze an affective experience of political belonging, as dramatists imagined new forms of affiliation, allegiance, and loyalty suitable to the new British constitution established by the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Brett D. Wilson examines both staples of the repertory (The Fair Penitent, Jane Shore) and lesser-known plays (Liberty Asserted, The Revolution of Sweden, Edward and Eleonora) to define the parameters of a prevalent yet under-examined dramatic mode: "civic" dramas that use scenes of political strife and private distress to stage the fashioning of communities around women. Onstage, women act to benefit the public--crucially, Wilson argues, by infusing the commonwealth with sentimental ardor: public spirit. Playwrights like Nicholas Rowe, Catharine Trotter, John Dennis, and James Thomson make the female-centered unions they imagine into synecdoches for a British nation transformed from turmoil to harmony. Restoring to view key neglected texts that portray women who feel deeply as agents of inclusion and icons of civic virtue, A Race of Female Patriots is a persuasive study of tragic drama at a time of great political change that yields new insight into the relation between women, feeling, and the public sphere."--Publisher's website
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1971-
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Wilson, Brett D.
Dewey number
822/.4093522
Index
index present
LC call number
PR698.W6
LC item number
W55 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Transits: literature, thought & culture, 1650-1850
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English drama
  • Political plays, English
  • Women and literature
  • Women in literature
  • Patriotism in literature
  • Theater
  • Women in the theater
  • Theater audiences
  • English drama
  • Literature
  • Political plays, English
  • Theater audiences
  • Theater
  • Women
  • Women and literature
  • Women in the theater
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A race of female patriots : women and public spirit on the British stage, 1688-1745, Brett D. Wilson
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Introduction: "A female patriot? vanity! absurd!" -- "How hard is the condition of our sex"?: the female advocate and the subject of sympathy in The fair penitent -- That sex's care: sentimental union and the common good -- Public victims: Janes, Jacobites, and the national she-tragedy -- "Even in the softer sex": gendering patriotism in the plays of James Thomson -- Epilogue: circulating power, public affections, and the re-masculinization of British public spirit
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: "A female patriot? vanity! absurd!" -- "How hard is the condition of our sex"?: the female advocate and the subject of sympathy in The fair penitent -- That sex's care: sentimental union and the common good -- Public victims: Janes, Jacobites, and the national she-tragedy -- "Even in the softer sex": gendering patriotism in the plays of James Thomson -- Epilogue: circulating power, public affections, and the re-masculinization of British public spirit
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 293 p.
Isbn
9781611483642
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011039966
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
(OCoLC)756377422
Label
A race of female patriots : women and public spirit on the British stage, 1688-1745, Brett D. Wilson
Publication
Note
Introduction: "A female patriot? vanity! absurd!" -- "How hard is the condition of our sex"?: the female advocate and the subject of sympathy in The fair penitent -- That sex's care: sentimental union and the common good -- Public victims: Janes, Jacobites, and the national she-tragedy -- "Even in the softer sex": gendering patriotism in the plays of James Thomson -- Epilogue: circulating power, public affections, and the re-masculinization of British public spirit
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: "A female patriot? vanity! absurd!" -- "How hard is the condition of our sex"?: the female advocate and the subject of sympathy in The fair penitent -- That sex's care: sentimental union and the common good -- Public victims: Janes, Jacobites, and the national she-tragedy -- "Even in the softer sex": gendering patriotism in the plays of James Thomson -- Epilogue: circulating power, public affections, and the re-masculinization of British public spirit
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 293 p.
Isbn
9781611483642
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011039966
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
(OCoLC)756377422

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