Kathleen Wilson, Performing The Wonder in Sumatra: East India Company Peripheries and the History of Modernity | Newberry

Kathleen Wilson, Performing The Wonder in Sumatra: East India Company Peripheries and the History of Modernity

Kathleen Wilson, Stony Brook University

Kathleen Wilson, Stony Brook University

Saturday, October 17, 2015

1 to 3 pm

Towner Fellows Lounge

Kathleen Wilson, Stony Brook University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Eighteenth-Century Seminar

How did theatrical performance work to stage larger English encounters with alterity in far-flung colonial sites? Professor Wilson will examine that question from the point of view of colonial residents of Sumatra and Saint Helena, who used English theatrical and social performances to reflect upon their own presence and status as agents of British modernity.

One such entrepreneur, East India Company Secretary William Marsden, wrote an epilogue to a staging of The Wonder at Fort Marlborough that reflected upon the temporal and cultural politics of British imperial rule in ways that anticipated his History of Sumatra, a work that stages English and Malay culture as part of a narrative of “ ‘world history” that Britain had inaugurated.

A reception will follow the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Kathleen Wilson, Stony Brook University

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Organized by Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago; Lisa A. Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago; Richard Squibbs, DePaul University; and Helen Thompson, Northwestern University.

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