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Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early American Stage

Sarah E. Chinn


In this book, I use theatrical texts to trace the development of various models of white masculinity in the years between the establishment of the United States of America and the Jacksonian era of the 1830s. I will argue that, if we want to understand how working-class white men saw themselves as national subjects-what they aspired to and what they feared-the early American stage is the best place to look. Central to the book's argument is that plays written by US playwrights flourished at the same time that working-class white men gained voting rights, and that these plays filled an analogou ... More

Keywords: early American drama, masculinity, working class, gender, race, national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190653675
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190653675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah E. Chinn, author
Hunter College of the City University of New York