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The Orient on the Victorian Stage

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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521048392

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  • Edward Ziter explores the impact of the Middle East and the "Orient", (as it was known), on writing and performance in nineteenth-century British theater and how these portrayals influenced public perception of the region. British audiences marvelled at depictions of desert storms and harem dances as well as scenes of the Nile and colonial armies throughout the nineteenth century. Ziter extends his study from the Romantic through to the late-Victorian period, including taking in melodrama, pantomime, ballet, and opera, as well as museum displays and exhibitions.

    • Explores the influence of the Middle East and Asia on nineteenth-century theatre
    • Examines a wide range of performance genres including opera, theatre, ballet, exhibitions, melodrama, and even museum displays
    • Includes valuable and informative illustrations
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    • Received an honorable mention for the Joe Callaway Prize for best book on drama

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Ziter offers a fascinating look at the impact of the Middle East on British thetrical entertainment and stagecraft in the 19th century. Highly recommended." Choice

    "...this is still a timely, thought-provoking, and thoroughly impressive work." Victorian Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521048392
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.378kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction: 'real sets', geography, and race
    1. Spectacle and surveillance in orientalist panoramas
    2. Fantasies of miscegenation on the romantic stage
    3. The built-out East of popular ethnography
    4. The biblical East in theatres and exhibitions
    5. The geography of Imperial theatre
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  • Author

    Edward Ziter, New York University
    Edward Ziter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University. He has published articles in Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal and The Wordsworth Circle and in two anthologies, Land/Scape/Theatre: Views of the 20th Century and Living Displays. He has co-edited the reviews section of Theatre Journal.


    • Received an honorable mention for the Joe Callaway Prize for best book on drama

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