Dion Boucicault: The Octoroon (2339 words)


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Dion Boucicault (1820-1890) was the most popular and skilled writer of melodrama in the nineteenth-century theatre of England, America, and his native Ireland. Boucicault’s best-known plays today are his comedy London Assurance, his Irish melodramas The Colleen Bawn and The Shaughraun, and his American melodrama The Octoroon. Melodrama developed out of bourgeois tragedy, sentimental drama, and romance in the early nineteenth century in England, France, and Germany. The genre is characterized by sensational plots, stereotypical virtuous and wicked characters, elaborate painted sets, and an emotional mix of thrills, pathos, and humor created by spectacle, tableaux, mood music, expressive acting, …

Citation: Foster, Verna Ann. "The Octoroon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 July 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38877, accessed 26 January 2021.]

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