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The World in PlayPortraits of a Victorian Concept$
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Matthew Kaiser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776080

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776080.001.0001

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Fair Play in an Ugly World

Fair Play in an Ugly World

The Politics of Nautical Melodrama

(p.51) Chapter 2 Fair Play in an Ugly World
The World in Play
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This chapter presents an account of nautical melodrama, which constitutes, at first glance, a relatively crude phase in nineteenth-century British theatre. Focusing on the trials and tribulations of Jolly Jack Tar and the seafaring life, nautical melodrama, and the unruly working-class theatres that showcased it, delighted plebeian audiences by indicting the world in play, and by exposing the alienating and unsettling effects of global capitalism on the lives of industrial workers. These wildly popular plays provided audiences with underdog strategies for outwitting predatory authority, for achieving fair play in an increasingly unfair world. If working-class literary skirmishes with the world in play erupted in the intersubjective space of the public sphere, in London's gaudy theatres, then middle-class literary attempts to make sense of the world in play were confined, for the most part, to the private realm of interiority: to that rabbit hole called bourgeois subjectivity.

Keywords:   British theatre, Jolly Jack Tar, seafaring, Victorians, bourgeois subjectivity

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