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Performing Nation: The Pleasure Garden as a Space for Defining America

  • Naomi J. Stubbs
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Abstract

Describing a typical evening at a pleasure garden, the first part of this 1799 poem describes a scene that could easily be set in Vauxhall of London; the simple amusements, choice of language, and even the name of the garden itself all conjure up an evening spent at Vauxhall in London. Yet the closing couplet places us firmly outside of England:

While Hail Columbia! from the band,

Proclaims a free and happy land.1

Keywords

National Identity American Site Entertainment Venue English Culture Cultural Legitimacy 
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