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Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London

Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867320

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  • Mid-eighteenth-century London witnessed a major expansion in public culture as a result of a rapidly commercialising society. Of the many sites of entertainment, the most celebrated (and often notorious) were the Carlisle House club, the Pantheon, and the Ladies Club or Coterie. In this major study of these institutions and the fashionable sociability they epitomised, Gillian Russell examines how they transformed metropolitan cultural life. Associated with lavish masquerades, excesses of fashion, such as elaborate hairstyles, and scandalous intrigues, these venues suggested a feminisation of public life which was profoundly threatening, not least to the theatre of the period. In this highly illustrated and original contribution to the cultural history of the eighteenth century, Russell reveals fresh perspectives on the theatre and on canonical plays such as The School for Scandal, as well as suggesting a prehistory for British Romanticism.

    • Interdisciplinary research in theatre studies, history, gender studies and literature
    • Makes use of a wide range of sources including newspapers and caricatures
    • Richly illustrated: explores visual aspects of the drama of the period
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    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867320
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.632kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The Circle of Soho: Teresa Cornelys and Carlisle House
    3. Harmonic routs and midnight revels: the politics of masquerade
    4. 'Dissipation's hydra reign': Almack's and the Coterie
    5. 'Welcome to the Pleasure Dome': the London Pantheon
    6. Lady Bab and Mrs Ab: the woman of fashion and the theatre
    7. 'Alias, alias, alias': the trials of the Duchess of Kingston
    8. 'Lady Teazle's occupation's o'er'
    9. Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Gillian Russell, Australian National University, Canberra

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