Cultivating National Identity through Performance

Cultivating National Identity through Performance

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Combining the charms of the country with the convenience of the city and delivering a healthy dose of both entertainment and education, American pleasure gardens were ubiquitous between the Revolution and the Civil War. Patrons of these entertainment venues would have expected to see plays, concerts, fairs, mechanical and artistic exhibits, fireworks, volcanic eruptions, and - perhaps more crucially - they would have expected to see and be seen. As outdoor entertainment venues in American cities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, pleasure gardens presented citizens with public spaces where they could explore what it meant to be American. The very nature of American pleasure gardens provided an effective location for the exploration of and experimentation with American identities, due to their nature as simultaneously rural and urban, modern and nostalgic, British and American, white and racialized, and democratic and class-conscious. Stubbs examines how these once popular venues helped form American identity using nation, class, race, and the agrarian ideal as touchstones and argues the gardens allowed for the exploration of what it meant to be American through performance, both on and off the stage.Southworth, JamesGranville.Vauxhall Gardens:A Chapter intheSocial History ofEngland. ... Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 2004. Tallmadge, James. ... Valentine, D.T. The Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York. New York:anbsp;...

Title:Cultivating National Identity through Performance
Author:Naomi J. Stubbs
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-09-19


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