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Gothic Plays and American Society, 1794-1830
In the aftermath of the American Revolution, the production of Gothic plays brought into sharp focus the social turmoil of the critical period between 1794 and 1830. These plays, considered the earliest form of melodrama, enhanced the repertories of the first permanent theatres in the United States. This first full-length study of early American Gothic drama examines the ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by McFarland & Company
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Another fantastic new take on Gothic criticism. Anthony looks at the British Gothic plays "borrowed" by a fledgling America and those changes that were made to them in order to better appeal to an American audience once they crossed the pond. She grapples with ideas of culture and America's reluctance to accept artistic works by American's, even while they tried to distance themselves from other aspects of British society after the Revolution. Anthony also makes an important distinction between ...more