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The Cambridge Companion to English Melodrama

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Carolyn Williams, Matthew Buckley, Michael Gamer, Ankhi Mukherjee, Christine Gledhill, Jim Davis, Michael V. Pisani, George Taylor, Hayley Jayne Bradley, Katherine Newey, Rohan McWilliam, Marty Gould, Sarah Meer, David Mayer, Jane M. Gaines, Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Peter Brooks, Juliet John
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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107095939

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  • This newly commissioned series of essays by leading scholars is the first volume to offer both an overview of the field and also current emerging critical views on the history, form, and influence of English melodrama. Authoritative voices provide an introduction to melodrama's early formal features such as tableaux and music, and trace the development of the genre in the nineteenth century through the texts and performances of its various sub-genres, the theatres within which the plays were performed, and the audiences who watched them. The historical contexts of melodrama are considered through essays on topics including contemporary politics, class, gender, race, and empire. And the extensive influences of melodrama are demonstrated through a wide-ranging assessment of its ongoing and sometimes unexpected expressions - in psychoanalysis, in other art forms (the novel, film, television, musical theatre), and in popular culture generally - from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

    • The first ever study of its kind to give an account of melodrama, the most popular form of nineteenth-century English theatre
    • Gives a full account of the formal features of melodrama, how it was presented and received, and the reasons for its appeal
    • Traces melodrama's influence through the twentieth and into the twenty-first century, in theatre, art, reality TV and sport
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    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107095939
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Carolyn Williams
    Part I. Histories of English Melodrama:
    2. Early English melodrama Matthew Buckley
    3. Gothic melodrama Michael Gamer
    4. Nautical melodrama Ankhi Mukherjee
    5. Domestic melodrama Christine Gledhill
    6. Theatres and their audiences Jim Davis
    Part II. Melodramatic Technique:
    7. Melodramatic music Michael V. Pisani
    8. Melodramatic acting George Taylor
    9. Stagecraft, spectacle, and sensation Hayley Jayne Bradley
    Part III. Melodrama and Nineteenth-Century English Culture:
    10. Melodrama and gender Katherine Newey
    11. Melodrama and class Rohan McWilliam
    12. Melodrama and empire Marty Gould
    13. Melodrama and race Sarah Meer
    Part IV. Extensions of Melodrama:
    14. Melodrama and the realist novel Carolyn Williams
    15. Melodrama and early [silent] film David Mayer
    16. Moving picture melodrama Jane M. Gaines
    17. Melodrama and the modern musical Sharon Aronofsky Weltman
    18. Melodrama and psychoanalysis Peter Brooks
    19. Metamodern melodrama and contemporary mass culture Juliet John.

  • Editor

    Carolyn Williams, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Carolyn Williams is Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is the author of Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody (2010), Transfigured World: Walter Pater's Aesthetic Historicism (1990) and the co-edited collection of essays (with Laurel Brake and Lesley Higgins), Walter Pater: Transparencies of Desire (2003).

    Contributors

    Carolyn Williams, Matthew Buckley, Michael Gamer, Ankhi Mukherjee, Christine Gledhill, Jim Davis, Michael V. Pisani, George Taylor, Hayley Jayne Bradley, Katherine Newey, Rohan McWilliam, Marty Gould, Sarah Meer, David Mayer, Jane M. Gaines, Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Peter Brooks, Juliet John

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