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Spheres of action : speech and performance in Romantic culture / edited by Alexander Dick and Angela Esterhammer.

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Toronto, [Ontario] ; Buffalo, [New York] ; London, [England] : University of Toronto Press, 2009.
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Subjects:
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Language and languages in literature.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.
Speech acts (Linguistics).
Performative (Philosophy).
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
With contributions from leading Romanticist scholars who draw on literary history, performance studies, philosophy, linguistics, and anthropology, Spheres of Action examines the significant intersections between language and performance during the Romantic period. These essays consider cultural phenomena such as elocution and political oratory, newspaper journalism, public mourning, the function of gesture and clothing in theatre - even a long-distance walking contest. They examine the problematic relationships among action, agency, and language in a variety of cultural institutions and media from the era. Exploring aspects of public speaking and body language, these essays propose that understanding the culture and institutions of the Romantic period requires nuanced approaches to performance and agency. The collection also studies the ways in which the Romantics discovered both the potency and limitations of performativity. Presenting a boldly multifaceted portrait of Romantic culture, Spheres of Action is essential reading for Romanticists, historians, and scholars with interests in language and performance.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Introduction: Romantic Spheres of Action / Esterhammer, Angela / Dick, Alexander
PART 1. Public Speaking
1. Re-sounding Romanticism: John Thelwall and the Science and Practice of Elocution / Thompson, Judith
2. Coleridge the Lecturer, A Disappearing Act / Zimmerman, Sarah M.
3. Wordsworth's Lament / Dick, Alexander
4. Blasphemy Trials and The Cenci: Parody as Performative / Myers, Victoria
5. A Race of Devils: Frankenstein, Romanticism, and the Tragedy of Human Origin / Oort, Richard Van
PART 2. Body Language
6. Telling Lies with Body Language / Burwick, Frederick
7. Cross-Dressing and the Performance of Gender in Romantic-Period Comic Plays by Women / Purinton, Marjean D.
8. Fox's Tears: The Staging of Liquid Politics / O'Quinn, Daniel
9. Citational Cosmopolitics: Staƫl, Byron, and the Foreignizing Effect of Cultural Translation / Lambier, Joshua
10. Captain Barclay's Performance: Decoding Pedestrianism in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain / Crochunis, Thomas C.
Works Cited
Contributors
Index
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
Contributor:
Esterhammer, Angela, editor.
Dick, Alexander John, 1970- editor.
ISBN:
1-4426-8918-8
OCLC:
923772226
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442689183 doi