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Women in British romantic theatre : drama, performance, and society, 1790-1840 /
edited by Catherine Burroughs.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
description
xvi, 344 p. : ill.
ISBN
0521662249
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
isbn
0521662249
catalogue key
4095944
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-11-01:
Burroughs (Wells College) brings together essays concerned chiefly with women writing for, and about, the stage. Except for Sarah Siddons, scant attention is paid to women performers. Dramatic and critical writings by the well-known and prolific Joanna Baillie and Elizabeth Inchbald are given due regard. Less-known writers--e.g., Jane Scott, Mariana Starke--are also examined, and there are discussions of women playwrights as translators. But given Cambridge's recent publication of Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth-Century Britain, ed. by Tracy Davis and Ellen Donkin (CH, Apr'00), which includes essays by four of the same contributors and covers much of the same territory, one wonders why Cambridge published this second volume. It is clearly intended for a narrow audience: scholars in the field of gender-based criticism of late 18th- and early 19th-century drama. (Repeated citation of colleagues' work, in this and in the earlier Cambridge publication, is a symptom of scholarly inbreeding.) Most of the contributions are marked by tortured academic prose, another impediment to broad readership. For these reasons, the book can be recommended only for libraries with a strong focus in this field. Extensive notes and bibliography; a few illustrations. J. W. Lafler Institute for Historical Study
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"...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
'... 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 endeavor ... 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
'… 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
'... 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
"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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This is a collection of essays examining the contribution of women playwrights, actors, and others, who worked in British theatre during the romantic period, focusing on women well-known during their day but neglected for some 150 years.
Description for Bookstore
First published in 2000, this collection of essays examines the extraordinary contribution of women playwrights, actors, translators, critics and managers who worked in British theatre during the romantic period. Leading scholars shed light on the role of women well known during their day but neglected for some 150 years.
Description for Bookstore
This collection of essays examines the extraordinary contribution of women playwrights, actors, translators, critics and managers who worked in British theatre during the romantic period. Leading scholars shed light on the role of women well known during their day but neglected for some 150 years.
Description for Bookstore
This is the first collection of essays to 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 new 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 leading scholars explore the role of Elizabeth Inchbald, Joanna Baillie, Sarah Siddons and numerous others.
Description for Library
This collection of essays examines 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 leading scholars explore the role of Elizabeth Inchbald, Joanna Baillie, Sarah Siddons and numerous others.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: uncloseting women in British romantic theatre
Historical Contexts: Revolution and Entrenchment
Baillie, Siddons, Larpent: gender, power, and politics in the theatre of Romanticism
Reviewing women in British Romantic theatre
Nations, Households
Women and history on the Romantic stage
English national identity in Mariana Starke's The Sword of Peace: India, abolition, and the rights of women
Women's sovereignty on trial: Joanna Baillie's comedy The Tryal as metatheatrics
Performance and Closet Drama
Outing
The management of laughter
Criticism and Theory
Elizabeth Inchbald: a woman critic in her theatrical culture
Authorial performances in the criticism and theory of Romantic women playwrights
Translation, Adaptation, Revision
Suicide and translation in the dramaturgy
Remaking love: remorse in the theatre
Bibliography
Index
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