New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

By Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

In New global Drama, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon turns to the riotous scene of theatre within the eighteenth-century Atlantic global to discover the production of latest publics. relocating from England to the Caribbean to the early usa, she strains the theatrical emergence of a collective physique within the colonized New World—one that incorporated indigenous peoples, diasporic Africans, and diasporic Europeans. within the raucous house of the theatre, the contradictions of colonialism loomed huge. premiere between those used to be the valuable paradox of modernity: the coexistence of an incredible slave economic system and a nascent politics of freedom.
 
Audiences in London eagerly watched the royal slave, Oroonoko, tortured on level, whereas audiences in Charleston and Kingston have been forbidden from observing a similar scene. Audiences in Kingston and manhattan urban exuberantly participated within the slaying of Richard III on level, enacting the increase of the "people," and local American leaders have been enjoined to monitor actors in blackface "jump Jim Crow." Dillon argues that the theater served as a "performative commons," staging debates over illustration in a political global in keeping with well known sovereignty. Her booklet is a capacious account of functionality, aesthetics, and modernity within the eighteenth-century Atlantic world.
 

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