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A Chronology for 1808

February, 2005


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Romantic Frictions

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Lincoln, "Walter Scott, Politeness, and Patriotism" - Romanticism and Patriotism: Nation, Empire, Bodies, Rhetoric

This essay argues that within Scott’s fictions the emergence of politeness is grounded in a history of social division and exclusion: the withdrawal of the higher classes from a common culture involved changes in the use of space, and changes in the acceptable norms of bodily behaviour. Following the example of Swift (seen as a great Irish patriot who strove to unite his nation by writing in “every varied form”) Scott’s own patriotic mission an attempt to compensate for, and counteract, the divisive social consequences of modernisation, not only at the level of ideological difference (by enacting moderation) but also at the level of feeling: the recoil from the ‘vulgar’ is transformed into a movement to re-establish relations on manageable terms. This essay appears in _Volume Title_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.


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Introduction: Obi, Aldridge and Abolition

The pantomime and melodrama versions of Obi, or Three-finger'd Jack played an important role in abolition debates and in the career of Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor of international stature. This Praxis volume includes essays by preeminent scholars of English Romanticism, theater, and music history on the evolution, performance history, and social and cultural impact of the Obi plays, as well as illustrations and modern video reproductions of scenes from both the pantomime and melodrama versions. This volume also contains the complete text of the melodrama version of Obi.
August 2002

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Selected Bibliography


Abrams, M. H. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. New York, 1958.



October, 1997


Works incorporated in the hypertext (and a selected list of works cited)

Alkon, Paul K. The Origins of Futuristic Fiction. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1987.

Anonymous ("XB"). "The Last Man." Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. March 1826. 284-86.

Bebbington,A. G. "The Shelleys' House?" Notes & Queries 216 (May 1971), 163-65.



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