Meeuwis, Michael
Representative Government: The “Problem Play,” Quotidian Culture, and the Making of Social Liberalism
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  • ELH, 2013, Vol.80(4), pp.1093-1120
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The generic form created by the theater's new ability to model social life was the so-called problem play of social representation and reform, which was supported by the mass population's sense that what they saw in the theater represented- and so could provide insight into-their own lives.10 Understanding the social purpose of the problem play means recovering a conception of literary culture that sought to create pragmatic change in the everyday life of a mass population. Hobhouse shows how common Bagehot's conception of politics as sustained contact between an emulable elect and a governable population had become by the nineteenth century's end. Since "[t]he masses who spend their toilsome days in mine or factory struggling for bread have not their heads for ever filled with the complex details" of political life, thinking should be done for them by an "elect.
ISSN: 0013-8304
ISSN: 1080-6547
DOI: 10.1353/elh.2013.0046
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