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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.Read more
- 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
- Received an honorable mention for the Joe Callaway Prize for best book on drama
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"Ziter offers a fascinating look at the impact of the Middle East on British thetrical entertainment and stagecraft in the 19th century. Highly recommended." ChoiceSee more reviews
"...this is still a timely, thought-provoking, and thoroughly impressive work." Victorian Studies
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- 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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