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Inaugural C19 Circuit Event: A Reading of Philip, The Indian Chief

by Sarah Mesle last modified Feb 01, 2015 11:10 PM

Join in a public reading and discussion of a previously unknown nineteenth-century manuscript play, recently acquired by the Newberry Library. This fascinating original play set during King Philip’s War was written by Jehiel Lillie, a 26 year-old cadet at the Norwich Military Academy, and was performed at the academy in 1838 by a troupe of fellow students. Couched in self-consciously Shakespearian language and situations, “Philip, or the Indian Chief” provides a romanticized but complex account of Native and British interactions. The play assesses the mixed motivations that prompt war and explicitly critiques the notion of “a war of extermination.”

The reading will be framed by brief presentations on the manuscript itself, literary education at the military academy, race in nineteenth-century theatricals, and the Native context of King Philip’s War and the 1838 Cherokee “Removal" by Will Hansen, Curator of Americana at the Newberry Library; Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College; Brigitte Fielder, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison; and Frederick Hoxie, Professor of History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


12:00-3:00 PM, Saturday February 14th 2015

Ruggles Hall, the Newberry Library, Chicago

Free and open to the public

Light refreshments will be served

If you would be interested in reading a part please contact 
Karen Sánchez-Eppler, President of C19, at

Part of the C19 Circuit, this event is sponsored by
The Newberry Library and C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and
The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago

More information at

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