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Mr Bligh's Bad Language : Passion, Power and Theatre on the Bounty - Greg Dening

Mr Bligh's Bad Language

Passion, Power and Theatre on the Bounty

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Published: 11th July 1994
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Captain Bligh and the mutiny on the Bounty have become proverbial in their capacity to evoke the extravagant and violent abuse of power. But William Bligh was one of the least violent disciplinarians in the British navy. It is this paradox that inspired Greg Dening to ask why the mutiny took place. His book explores the theatrical nature of what was enacted in the power-play on deck, on the beaches of Tahiti and in the murderous settlement at Pitcairn, on the altar stones and temples of sacrifice, and on the catheads from which men were hanged. Part of the key lies in the curious puzzle of Mr Bligh's bad language.

'This is a marvellous magical mystery tour we are offered, written in an allusive and quicksilver prose - no bad language here.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Prologue
The Ship
Entr+Acte: Sharks that walk on the land
Entr+Acte: Ralph Wewitzer: The First Captain Bligh
The Beach
The Island
Epilogue
Notes
Reference Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521467186
ISBN-10: 0521467187
Series: Canto original series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 11th July 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.61