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Women in British Romantic Theatre
Drama, Performance, and Society, 1790–1840

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Catherine Burroughs, Jeffrey N. Cox, Greg Kucich, Katherine Newey, Jeanne Moskal, Marjean D. Purinton, Susan Bennett, Jacky Bratton, Gilli Bush-Bailey, Marvin Carlson, Thomas C. Crochunis, Jane Moody, Julie Carlson
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  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032438

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  • This is the first collection of essays to examine the extraordinary contribution of women playwrights, actors, translators, critics and managers who worked in British theater during the romantic period. Focusing on women well known during their day but neglected for some 150 years, the volume provides a crucial new perspective that revises historical narratives and reflects the rapidly changing terrain of scholarship in the complex field of romantic theater and drama. Eleven specially-commissioned essays by leading scholars explore the role of Elizabeth Inchbald, Joanna Baillie, Sarah Siddons and numerous others.

    • Collection of essays which have been specially commissioned, focusing on women in British romantic theatre
    • Covers not only playwrights but also actors, theorists, translators, critics, managers
    • Offers a perspective on theatre history by prominent scholars in both English and Theatre
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a rich compendium of essays that expand the conventional parameters of theatrical studies and elaborate the nature of women's conflicted relationship to the art and business of theatre." Canadian Woman Studies

    "Burroughs's anthology of essays ... stands as a substantial contribution to a burgeoning field of study." Nineteenth-Century Literature

    "Women in British Romantic Theatre offers a consistently high quality of contributions and a clear focus on the questions of performance, genre, and gender. By maintaining the importance of women writers as a category that is politically heterogeneous and historically textured, Burroughs and her contributors shed valuable light on the gender of Romanticism's stage/play distinction without veering into essentialism." The Wordsworth Circle

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    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032438
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.546kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Introduction: uncloseting women in British Romantic theatre Catherine Burroughs
    Part I. Historical Contexts: Revolution and Entrenchment:
    1. Baillie, Siddons, Larpent: gender, power and politics in the theatre of Romanticism Jeffrey N. Cox
    2. Reviewing women in British Romantic theatre Greg Kucich
    Part II. Nations, Households, Dramaturgy:
    3. Women and history on the Romantic stage: More, Yearsley, Burney and Mitford Katherine Newey
    4. English national identity in Mariana Starke's The Sword of Peace: India, abolition and the rights of women Jeanne Moskal
    5. Women's sovereignty on trial: Joanna Baillie's comedy The Tryal as metatheatrics Marjean D. Purinton
    Part III. Performance and Closet Drama:
    6. Outing Joanna Baillie Susan Bennett
    7. The management of laughter: Jane Scott's Camilla the Amazon in 1998 Jacky Bratton and Gilli Bush-Bailey
    Part IV. Criticism and Theory:
    8. Elizabeth Inchbald: a woman critic in her theatrical culture Marvin Carlson
    9. Authorial performances in the criticism and theory of Romantic women playwrights Thomas C. Crochunis
    Part V. Translation, Adaptation, Revision:
    10. Suicide and translation in the dramaturgy of Elizabeth Inchbald and Anne Plumptre Jane Moody
    11. Remaking love: remorse in the theatre of Baillie and Inchbald Julie Carlson

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    Catherine Burroughs, Wells College, Aurora, New York


    Catherine Burroughs, Jeffrey N. Cox, Greg Kucich, Katherine Newey, Jeanne Moskal, Marjean D. Purinton, Susan Bennett, Jacky Bratton, Gilli Bush-Bailey, Marvin Carlson, Thomas C. Crochunis, Jane Moody, Julie Carlson

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