Staging the Slums, Slumming the Stage

Class, Poverty, Ethnicity, and Sexuality in American Theatre, 1890–1916

  • Authors
  • J. Chris Westgate

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Darnton’s Lament

    1. J. Chris Westgate
      Pages 1-19
  3. Modes of Staging the Slums

  4. Slumming Destinations on Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. J. Chris Westgate
      Pages 85-114
    3. J. Chris Westgate
      Pages 115-144
    4. J. Chris Westgate
      Pages 145-174
  5. Case Studies in Slum Plays

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-278

About this book


Drawing on traditional archival research, reception theory, cultural histories of slumming, and recent work in critical theory on literary representations of poverty, Westgate argues that the productions of slum plays served as enactments of the emergent definitions of the slum and the corresponding ethical obligations involved therein.


America critical theory migrant poverty stage theatre Tradition

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