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Oct 25
16:00 - 17:15
'Discussion of Mike Collins' The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800 – 1865'-- Mike Collins (Kent)
English Research Seminar series

'Discussion of Mike Collins' The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800 – 1865'-- Mike Collins (Kent); Respondent: Michelle Coghlan (Manchester)

The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800–1865 argues that to truly understand the short  story form, one must look at how it was shaped by the lively, chaotic, and deeply politicized world of 19th-century transatlantic theater and performance culture. By resurrecting long-neglected theatrical influences on representative works of short fiction, Michael J. Collins demonstrates that it was the unruly culture of the stage that first energized this most significant of American art forms. Whether it was Washington Irving's first job as theater critic, Melville's politically controversial love of British drama, Alcott's thwarted dreams of stage stardom, Poe and Lippard's dramatizations of peculiarly bloodthirsty fraternity hazings, or Hawthorne's fascination with automata, theater was a key imaginative site for the major pioneers of the American short story

The talk will be followed by drinks in the School of English Common Room, Rutherford Extension. All are warmly welcome, especially postgraduate students.

Location

DLT3,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NY
United Kingdom
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Contact: Robbie Richardson
E: R.Richardson@kent.ac.uk
T: 01227 826546
School of English

 

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