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The Dramatic Clubs Take the Stage

Kolan Thomas Morelock

in Taking the Town

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125046.003.0008
The Dramatic Clubs Take the Stage

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Margaret Preston was found to express a wide variety of cultural trends when she began to participate in theatrical arts during the years before the war broke. While these trends were found to have brought about fundamental changes to the lives of students both inside and outside the campus, it was important to note that collegiate extracurricular activities would continue to play no small part in shaping the intellectual life of the community in spite of how literary societies would no longer serve as primary actors. Oratorical culture in the nineteenth century collapsed before the Progressive Era's new culture of professionalism became widespread. This chapter provides an account of the literary society's decline during the prewar era and how dramatic clubs emerged as catalysts for intellectual development.

Keywords: Margaret Preston; dramatic club; literary society; oratorical culture; theatrical arts; Progressive Era; collegiate extracurriculum

Chapter.  12961 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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