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Print and Performance in the 1820s

Print and Performance in the 1820s
The Late-Romantic Information Age

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108493956

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  • During the 1820s, British society saw transformations in technology, mobility, and consumerism that accelerated the spread of information. This timely study reveals how bestselling literature, popular theatre, and periodical journalism self-consciously experimented with new media. It presents an age preoccupied with improvisation and speculation – a mode of behaviour that dominated financial and literary markets, generating reflections on risk, agency, and the importance of public opinion. Print and Performance in the 1820s interprets a rich constellation of fictional texts and theatrical productions that gained popularity among middle-class metropolitan audiences through experiments with intersecting fantasy worlds and acutely described real worlds. Providing new contexts for figures such as Byron and Scott, and recovering the work of lesser-known contemporaries including Charles Mathews' character impersonations and the performances of celebrity improvvisatore Tommaso Sgricci, Angela Esterhammer explores the era's influential representations of the way identity is constructed, performed, and perceived.

    • Detailed analysis of novels, periodicals, and performances of the 1820s together with their sociocultural context Explores the middle-class popular culture of the late-Romantic era Interweaves literature, book and publishing history, theatre and media studies.
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108493956
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Introduction: Being There, circa 1824
    2. Periodical Performances: Blackwood's, Knight's, and The Bachelor's Wife
    3. Mediating Improvisation and Improvising Mediation: Tommaso Sgricci and Periodical Culture
    4. Personal Identity, Impersonation, and Charles Mathews: Who Is He when He's at Home?
    5. Theodore Hook's Sayings and Doings on the Page and the Stage: “A Curious Matter of Speculation”
    6. Speculating on Property: To and From the Village with Galt, Mitford, and Scott
    7. Scottish Fictions of 1824: Permutations of Identity

  • Author

    Angela Esterhammer, University of Toronto
    Angela Esterhammer, FRSC, is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, and General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of John Galt. Her previous books include The Romantic Performative: Language and Action in British and German Romanticism (2000), Romanticism and Improvisation, 1750-1850 (2008), and the edited volume Romantic Poetry: Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (2002).

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