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Provocative eloquence : theater, violence, and antislavery speech in the antebellum United States

Author: Laura L Mielke
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the mid-19th century, rhetoric surrounding slavery was permeated by violence. Slavery's defenders often used brute force to suppress opponents, and even those abolitionists dedicated to pacifism drew upon visions of widespread destruction. Provocative Eloquence recounts how the theater, long an arena for heightened eloquence and physical contest, proved terribly relevant in the lead up to the Civil War. As  Read more...
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Mielke, Laura L.
Provocative eloquence.
[Ann Arbor, Michigan] : University of Michigan Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018056748
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura L Mielke
ISBN: 9780472124374 0472124374
OCLC Number: 1076574280
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 283 pages)
Contents: Introduction. Provocative eloquence and the Antebellum scene --
Edwin Forrest and heroic oratory --
William Wells Brown, Mary Webb, and the emergence of dramatic suasion --
Martyred eloquence and stagings of Dred --
Portia's eloquence and the law in racial melodrama --
Staging John Brown in eloquence and action.
Responsibility: Laura L. Mielke.

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Brings together notions of intertextuality and interperformativity to understand how the confluence of oratorical and theatrical practices in the antebellum period reflected the conflict over slavery  Read more...

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