Conference - The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843

Conference - The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843
Jan 12 - 14 , 2018

Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Theatre censorship had a profound impact on the cultural and political life of the Georgians. Leading experts on 18th and 19th-century theatre will explore the implications of statutory theatre censorship as Britain grappled with issues of modernity, race, gender, and religion during a period of imperial expansion and conflict. $25. Register online. Rothenberg Hall.


Conference Schedule



8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee


9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Remarks: David O'Shaughnessy (Trinity College Dublin)


Session 1: Establishing Statutory Censorship

Moderator: Kate Newey (University of Exeter)


Thomas Lockwood (University of Washington)

Was the Licensing Act Just An Act?


Kristina Straub (Carnegie Mellon University)

Licensing Knowledge: Theatricality and the Body Academic


12:00 p.m. - Lunch


1:00 p.m. - Session 2: Censoring History

Moderator: Emily Anderson (University of Southern California)


Bridget Orr (Vanderbilt University)

Censoring Empire: Patriot Plays, Colonial Policy, and Anti-Imperial Performance


David O'Shaughnessy

Ireland's Historical Tragedies


2:45 p.m. - Break


3:00 p.m. - Session 3: Censoring Performance and Space

Moderator: Daniel O'Quinn (University of Guelph)


David Taylor (University of Warwick)

The Politics of Elsewhere: Revolution and the Aesthetics of Theatrical Space


Jim Davis (University of Warwick)

Evading Censorship through Comedy, Improvisation, and Non-Verbal Performance in the Early 19th Century




9:00 a.m. - Registration & Coffee


9:30 a.m. - Session 4: Censoring Real Life

Moderator: David Taylor


Matthew Kinservik (University of Delaware)

The Censorship of Personal Satire on the 18th-century London Stage


Julie Carlson (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Knave or Not?: Censoring Thomas Holcroft


Gillian Russell (University of Melbourne)

Censoring the Playbill: The Case of The Gamblers (1823-24)


12:00 p.m. - Lunch


1:30 p.m. - Session 5: Censoring Women

Moderator: Julie Carlson


Daniel O'Quinn

The discipline of a life in fashion: Censoring The Ton, The Whim, and The Town As It Is


Kate Newey

Women Writers and Censorship in the Early 19th Century


3:15 p.m. - Concluding Remarks

David O'Shaughnessy

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