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Mr Bligh's bad language : passion, power, and theatre on the Bounty

Author: Greg Dening
Publisher: Cambridge, Eng. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Captain Bligh and the voyage of the Bounty are the starting point of this new study of the famous mutiny in history, literature and film. By juxtaposing an account of the mutiny with an analysis of its evolving place in history and culture, Mr. Bligh's Bad Language offers a new interpretation of the mutiny in the context of its historical and cultural representations." "Beginning with an analysis of naval life and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William Bligh; William Bligh; William Bligh; William Bligh; William Bligh; William Bligh
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Dening
ISBN: 0521383706 9780521383707
OCLC Number: 24429977
Description: xii, 445 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Act 1. The Ship. Scene i. Narrative. Fatal Histories. Mr. Bligh's Bad Language. Mr. Christian's Lot. Sad Passions and Damned Oeconomy. Scene ii. Reflection. Some Cliometrics of Violence. Some Non-Cliometrics of Violence. Iudicatio (law) and Coercio (force). Dreams of Perfect Naval Discipline. Midshipmanship. Captaining. Texts for Discipline. White Jacket --
Entr'acte: Sharks That Walk On The Land --
Act 2. The Beach. Scene i. Narrative. Between Land and Sea. An Icon of the Beach. Flags and Feather Girdles. Interlude: On Sacrifice. Another Sort of Altar Stone. Managing the Sublime. Scene ii. Reflection. In the Name of the Revolution ... of the King ... of the President. Going Native. Possessing Others with a Laugh --
Entr'acte: Ralph Wewitzer: The First 'Captain Bligh' --
Act 3. The Island. Scene i. Narrative. A Murderous Settlement. 'Innocence Better Imagined than Described'. 'Poore Orfing'. Politics on Pitcairn. Scene ii. Reflection. Representation and the Contribution of Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson to Cultural Literacy.
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Aims to reverse the myth of extravagant and violent misuse of power that has grown up around the name of "Captain Bligh". Asking why he had a mutiny, the author looks at life at sea at the time, the  Read more...

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'The author brilliantly proves his thesis. He sets the Bounty not only in it's natural environment, the sea and already well researched, but he adds it's place in the social world as it was at the Read more...

 
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