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Civilising claims

Dr Hye-Kyung Lee‘s latest article appears in the current issue of the journal Poetics.

Entitled ‘Uses of civilising claims: Three moments in British theatre history’, the paper argues that, during the last ten years, British cultural policy has seen “a remarkable rise in the discourse of culture’s civilising and governing powers, which are commonly called the ‘social impacts’ of culture.” Seeking a broader historical context for these policies, Dr Lee examines “the use of civilising claims at three moments in British theatre history”, namely commercial theatre management in the nineteenth century, the repertory movement of the early twentieth century, and state arts subsidy after the Second World War.

For members of King’s College London, and other subscribers to the Science Direct journals service, the article can be read here.

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