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Staging Romantic Chameleons and Imposters

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Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. William D. Brewer
    Pages 1-22
  3. William D. Brewer
    Pages 23-60
  4. William D. Brewer
    Pages 61-85
  5. William D. Brewer
    Pages 135-164
  6. William D. Brewer
    Pages 195-202
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-255

About this book


Examining chameleonic identities as seen in theatrical performances and literary texts during the Romantic period, this study explores cultural attitudes toward imposture and how it reveals important and much-debated issues about this time period. Brewer shows chameleonism evoked anxieties about both social instability and British selfhood.


performance reform Romanticism time William James

About the authors

William D. Brewer is Professor of English at Appalachian State University, USA.

Bibliographic information


“William D. Brewer’s Staging Romantic Cha-meleons and Imposters proposes a broad definition of theatricality that moves from the stage to the page and from the world of fiction to real-life imposters. … This book will interest not only scholars of the period’s drama but also students of, say, Keatsian poetics or Byronic mobility.” (Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century, Vol. 56 (4), Autumn, 2016)