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Opening Romanticism: Reimagining Romantic Drama for New Audiences

Descripción del proyecto

Un nuevo marco para analizar y divulgar las obras de Burney

La autora inglesa Frances Burney (1757-1840) fue muy prolífica. Sin embargo, parte de su obra dramática de la época que pasó en la corte de Jorge III sigue intacta, lo cual impide su valoración y crítica literaria. Este cuarteto de tragedias poco estudiado impulsa nuestro pensamiento crítico sobre las prácticas y políticas actuales como las relaciones entre sexos, el cuerpo político y la capacidad de acción. Los cuerpos hablantes de Burney, sobre todo los femeninos, desenmascaran y desmitifican la tirante relación del individuo con los aparatos de poder y las técnicas de disciplina. El proyecto financiado con fondos europeos OpeRaNew restaurará la profundidad cultural del corpus dramático de Burney. Utilizará métodos digitales y un análisis literario para establecer un marco multimedia cada vez mayor con el fin de analizar y divulgar las obras de Burney.

Objetivo

The substantial bibliography devoted to the work of Frances Burney (1757-1840) has confirmed her stature as an author, but it has left the dramatic works that she wrote during her years at the Court of George III almost untouched. The long-delayed publication of these plays has prevented critics from addressing them. For the few scholars who have dealt with them, these texts remain devoid of dramatic qualities. I posit that this quartet of tragedies prompts our critical thinking in terms of such present-day practices and policies as gender relations, body politics, agency: the plays raise many provocative questions, and our current complex juncture seems an especially apt moment to grant them a long-overdue audience as well as a stage. Burney’s speaking bodies—particularly the female ones—unmask and debunk the fraught relationship of the individual with social and state apparatuses, social forces and techniques of disciplining, whose coercions become dangerously naturalised. OpeRaNew aims to restore to Burney’s small dramatic corpus the cultural depth that has been lost over time. By using digital methods alongside literary analysis, the project constructs an expanding multimedia ecology for Burney’s plays—a capacious mediascape that aspires to reproduce, through contemporary tools and channels of communication, the Romantic theatre experience. The action’s core agenda—whose dynamic conversations are evoked by the verb ‘to open’ in the project title—advocates the engagement with an interested public beyond scholarly communities. The project not only sheds light on the overlooked dramatic works of a highly versatile Romantic woman author, but it shows the perspicacity and research potential of positioning—precisely at a time of enormous paradigmatic shifts in research communication and dissemination—some long-neglected playtexts, relegated to critical obscurity for over two centuries, within an expansive mediascape capable of placing them, finally, in the limelight.

Coordinador

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 212 933,76
Dirección
OLD COLLEGE, SOUTH BRIDGE
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Reino Unido

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Región
Scotland Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Coste total
€ 212 933,76