Spectacular Politics: Theatrical Power and Mass Culture in Early Modern England

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The power of mass culture and the importance of public opinion seem rooted in the technology and political institutions of the twentieth century. But Paula Backscheider finds surprising evidence of their origin in seventeenth-century England. In Spectacular Politics, Backscheider offers three detailed examples of how popular literature participates in important social processes in which public opinion and acceptance are at stake. In the first reconstruction of the London street pageants staged from 1659 to 1662, she ...

Spectacular Politics: Theatrical Power and Mass Culture in Early Modern England 1993, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801845680

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