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‘The Rule of Men Entirely Great’: Republicanism, Ritual, and Richelieu in Melville’s ‘The Two Temples’

Collins, Michael James (2012) ‘The Rule of Men Entirely Great’: Republicanism, Ritual, and Richelieu in Melville’s ‘The Two Temples’. Comparative American Studies, 10 (4). pp. 304-317. ISSN 1477-5700. (doi:10.1179/1477570012Z.00000000021) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:33940)

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This article explores the complex and multifarious reasons behind Herman

1839 work Richelieu, or The Conspiracy in his 1854 diptych ‘The Two Temples’.

sarcastic attack on William Macready (whose rivalry with the American actor

in New York), by contextualizing the play within traditions of antebellum

Americanism and anthropological ritual theory, I show how Bulwer-Lytton’s

how the play influenced his increasing engagement with republican and

between America and Britain in a period of increasing hostility

between the two nations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1179/1477570012Z.00000000021
Uncontrolled keywords: Astor Place, Melville, Bulwer-Lytton, Republicanism, Anglophilia, theatre, Macready, diptych, Richelieu, ‘The Two Temples’
Subjects: E History America
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Centre for American Studies
Depositing User: Michael Collins
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 10:56 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:45 UTC
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