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


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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  • First published in 2000, this collection of essays examine the extraordinary contribution of women playwrights, actors, translators, critics and managers who worked in British theatre during the romantic period. Focusing on women well known during their day but neglected for some 150 years, the volume provides a crucial perspective that revises historical narratives and reflects the rapidly changing terrain of scholarship in the complex field of romantic theatre and drama. Eleven specially commissioned essays by a distinguished team of scholars explore the role of numerous theatrical women including the eminent actress Sarah Siddons and two of the period's most prolific playwrights Elizabeth Inchbald and Joanna Baillie. The book strikes a balance between literary and theatrical approaches, showing how the period's preoccupation with categories such as text and performance, closet drama and stage, provide a key to 'uncloseting' an important group of female theatre artists.

    • 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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    '… a worthy addition to the field; it demonstrates the best kind of work being done … the essays illustrate the richness of the field … The collection is a fine example of shared endeavour … The book exhibits collective and individual ambition, impressive labour in libraries and archives, and theoretical sophistication. Its achievements, large and small, are admirable.' Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

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    Product details

    • 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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