Theatrical Climates: Democratic Publics and the Ludic Sociality of Early National Theater

Emily Banta

Rutgers University

Emily Banta is a PhD candidate in the English department at Rutgers University whose work examines comic mimesis at the intersection of print and performance cultures in antebellum America. Her dissertation project looks at a range of literary and cultural practices, from minstrel shows to literary hoaxes, to understand how comic modes of mimetic play, and their attendant social pleasures, contributed to emergent ideological and epistemic orders of the period.


What can the theater tell us about the public climate of democratic formation in early national America? An often overlooked medium in American literary and cultural studies, the theater posed as an important site of... [ view full abstract ]


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