Abstract

This article examines the depiction of “newspaper culture” -- i.e, the increasing obsession with news and newspapers and current events — in the eighteenth-century London theater, through the prevalence of “Quidnunc” (or news-obsessed) characters of both genders and all social classes. It places this phenomenon in the context of current theories of publics and the public sphere, and as a “test-case” especially for Habermas's theories of the political public sphere.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0201
Print ISSN
0193-5380
Pages
pp. 59-84
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-12
Open Access
No
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