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8 - Napoleonic Gothic

St. Helena As Center of the British World

from Part III - East India Company Peripheries and the History of Modernity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 November 2022

Kathleen Wilson
Affiliation:
State University of New York, Stony Brook
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St. Helena’s theatrical culture after 1770 reflects South Atlantic links with slavery, revolution and theater, soon to be reanimated by the arrival and residence of defeated emperor Napoleon in 1815. A transhemispheric crossroads where the British worlds of the north and south, east and west literally converged, the island’s theatrical and social life provides a finale to this study’s examination of theater and performance in the British empire. Three specific performances – one in Richmond, London, of St. Helena, or the Isle of Love (1776), and two in St. Helena, The Revenge in 1817 (to which Napoleon was invited) and Inkle and Yarcio in 1822, after the island-wide agreement ot abolish slavery, demonstrated the systemic nature of empire, the fictions of race that it perpetrated and the performativies of human difference that undermined its structures. The Saints were transucltural players in a wider, violent and acquistitive imperial drama, performers of a hybrid and syncretic Englishness that acknowledged its diverse sources.

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Strolling Players of Empire
Theater and Performances of Power in the British Imperial Provinces, 1656–1833
, pp. 421 - 471
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Napoleonic Gothic
  • Kathleen Wilson, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Book: Strolling Players of Empire
  • Online publication: 11 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108786317.010
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  • Napoleonic Gothic
  • Kathleen Wilson, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Book: Strolling Players of Empire
  • Online publication: 11 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108786317.010
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  • Napoleonic Gothic
  • Kathleen Wilson, State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Book: Strolling Players of Empire
  • Online publication: 11 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108786317.010
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