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Title:Acting American in the Age of Abolition: Transatlantic Black American Celebrity and the Rise of Yankee Theatre, 1787--1827
Author(s):Roark, Kathleena Lucille
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kim Lee, Esther
Department / Program:Theatre
Discipline:Theatre
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Black Studies
Abstract:This dissertation complicates the accepted theory that the vogue for Yankee Theatre in the nineteenth-century developed primarily in response to negative English stereotypes and stage representations of the Yankee character. I argue that the swift rise of the English abolitionist movement in conjunction with the successful career of the black American actor Ira Aldridge in England were essential catalysts to the rise of Yankee Theatre, which began a new era in American professional theatre that for the first time promoted American-born actors in American-written plays. Aldridge's influence on nineteenth-century American theatre history has been unexplored, as he never returned to the United States after 1825, however I argue his career in England was a key factor in these radical changes in American theatre in the 1820s-30s.
Issue Date:2007
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:243 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/86498
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290361
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2007


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