The Hamilton Phenomenon (Roundtable) at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical sensation Hamilton hit Broadway in 2015, scholars were unprepared for the impact of this hip-hop phenomenon. Miranda’s use of rap, hip-hop, jazz, and Broadway show tunes provides the basis for this epic adventure. With ticket sales remaining steady through 2019 and various touring groups and extended runs, accompanied with a continued interest in both social media and the press, Hamilton is showing no signs of slowing down in popularity. Hamilton is now reaching a larger audience nationwide, with students and scholars are finding it more accessible. This roundtable seeks to reflect on the unique moment in eighteenth-century studies presented by Hamilton. For instance, how has this benefitted our students, and how do we as an academic community benefit from the interest produced from this show? How has this popularity influenced research projects, publications, and funding? We welcome presentations on pedagogy, costume, historical themes, race, and the role of theatre in crafting interest in eighteenth-century history.
Chloe Northrop is an Associate Professor of History at Tarrant County College. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of North Texas, focusing on material culture in eighteenth-century Jamaica. For more information about ASECS, or the Annual Conference, please visit: https://www.asecs.org/asecs-2020.