Interculturalism and Resistance in the London Theater, 1660-1800: Identity, Performance, Empire

Synopsis

"In Interculturalism and Resistance in the London Theater, Mita Choudhury argues that the eighteenth-century British theater is a dynamic expression and register of the anxieties and tensions of a culture poised for global supremacy. By strategic consideration of political and intellectual alliances that the theater inspired and stifled, and through discussions of a wide cross-section of performance practices from the time of Dryden to that of Inchbald, Choudhury demonstrates the power of performativity in a culture in ascendancy. She argues that nationalism, as both active movement and contemplative ideology, cannot be separated from the themes of expansionism that propel the many incentives, principles, and sites of performance. In an original contribution to criticism, Interculturalism and Resistance demonstrates the eighteenth-century theatrical culture's ambivalence toward what has recently been described as the "exoticism of multiculturalism.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved