The Salve of Duty: Global Theatre at the American Border, 1875-1900
This essay argues that national borders impede the flow of theatre around the globe. I examine nineteenth-century American disputes about tariffs on the importation of theatrical production materials as an example of theatrical protectionism. I argue that we must balance utopian visions of global theatrical culture against the real national culture industries that sometimes view international trade as a threat to their livelihoods. As these nineteenth-century tariff debates demonstrate, theatre is subject to the same pressures on the trans-national movement of goods and labour as other industries.
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