BOOK REVIEWS Elizabeth Maddock Dillon. New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 16491849. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. 354 pages. $94.95. Reviewed by Kate Perillo How does early modern drama travel across time and space? In her new book, New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649 1849, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon offers an insightful account of how Shakespeare's plays, among others, were revised and re-performed in the centuries following the early modern period and across the Atlantic, particularly in ways that reflect the specific colonial histories and racial politics of various New World localities. For instance, consider the following parody of The Tempest (1611), which Dillon notes as having been published in a Kingston, Jamaica, magazine in 1799: PARODY OF SHAKESPEARE Sayings, ca iras, drums, flags, twanging instruments, A thousand different cries, sometimes riots, Do stun my ears by day; unruly horses, And scoffing negroes, break my rest at night; Or, if I sleep, in dreaming I awake With shrieks of fire; methinks I see the street In horrid blaze around me, that I long To quit this isle for Britain once again. (qtd. in Dillon 209) As Dillon explains, these verses
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