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The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre

The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre

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Kerry Powell, Nina Auerbach, Joseph W. Donohue Jr, Tracy C. Davis, Russell Jackson, Michael Pisani, Jim Davis, Victor Emeljanow, Mary Jean Corbett, Michael Booth, David Mayer, Jacky Bratton, Peter Raby, Cary M. Mazer, Sos Eltis, Susan Carlson, Heidi Holder
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  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521795364

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  • This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theater. An introduction surveying the historical period of the theater is followed by an essay contextualizing it within the culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine performance and production, (including music, actors, stagecraft and audience), plays and playwriting and issues of class and gender. Types of performances (such as comedy, farce, melodrama) and the economics of the theater are also analyzed.

    • Examines the world of the Victorian theatre: the audience, playwrights, actors, and music
    • Specially written by a team of experts in the field, but in an accessible and lively way
    • Places the works in their social and cultural context
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    "...The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre [will] be a 'must read' volume, a book that any scholar or graduate student interested in the period and its drama should read. And it did not disappoint." Comparative Drama

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    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521795364
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 1 music example
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Preface Kerry Powell
    Part I. Introduction: Before the curtain Nina Auerbach
    Part II. Performance and Context:
    1. Actors and acting Joseph W. Donohue Jr.
    2. The show business economy and its discontents Tracy C. Davis
    3. Victorian and Edwardian stagecraft: techniques and issues Russell Jackson
    4. Music for the theatre: style and function in incidental music Michael Pisani
    5. Victorian and Edwardian audiences Jim Davis and Victor Emeljanow
    6. Performing identities: actresses and autobiography Mary Jean Corbett
    Part III. Text and Context:
    7. Comedy and farce Michael Booth
    8. Encountering melodrama David Mayer
    9. The Music Hall Jacky Bratton
    10. Theatre of the 1890s: Breaking down the barriers Peter Raby
    11. New theatres for a new drama Cary M. Mazer
    12. The fallen woman on stage: maidens, magdalens, and the emancipated female Sos Eltis
    13. Reimagining the theatre: women playwrights of the Victorian and Edwardian period Susan Carlson and Kerry Powell
    14. The East End Theatre Heidi Holder
    Index.

  • Editor

    Kerry Powell, Miami University

    Contributors

    Kerry Powell, Nina Auerbach, Joseph W. Donohue Jr, Tracy C. Davis, Russell Jackson, Michael Pisani, Jim Davis, Victor Emeljanow, Mary Jean Corbett, Michael Booth, David Mayer, Jacky Bratton, Peter Raby, Cary M. Mazer, Sos Eltis, Susan Carlson, Heidi Holder

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