Time: March 11, 2015 from 4pm to 6pm
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Nicholas Ridout (Queen Mary University of London) -
11 March 2015, 4 PM - 5:30 PM (GMT)
Drama Studio, Gaskell Building, Brunel University London
"‘On the Trunkmaker: Theatre and Bourgeois Life’ -
This talk explores the relationship between theatre, the emergence of a 'public sphere' in eighteenth-century London and the circulation of commodities whose origins lie in colonial expropriation. Through a reading of a strange and suggestive contribution to The Spectator no. 235 (November 29, 1711), I offer an historical speculation about the entanglement of new public, commercial and theatrical freedoms in London with slavery, and a tentative beginning for a history of bourgeois spectatorship.
Nicholas Ridout is Professor of Theatre at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Stage Fright, Animals and Other Theatrical Problems (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), Theatre & Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Passionate Amateurs: Theatre, Communism and Love (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013).
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