Redressing the past [electronic resource] : the politics of early English-Canadian women's drama, 1880-1920 /
Kym Bird.
Montreal, Que. : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2004.
xii, 269 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Montreal, Que. : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2004.
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Includes index.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Includes bibliographical references: p. [239]-255.
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"Kym Bird's considerable primary research constitutes the book's most significant contribution and its value cannot be overestimated." Ric Knowles, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph"Bird has done a very fine, intelligent, and sensitive job in assessing the work within the context of its times, and the various ironies, complications, and contradictions of the people and their situations." Moira Day, Department of Drama, University of Saskatchewan
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Kim Bird's study directly challenges the male-defined focus of recent historical studies into 19th century Canadian drama. The author's arguments are derived from the study of a long forgotten body of plays by women which advanced a feminist agenda.
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Focusing on a body of lost and forgotten plays by women and situating them in the context of the early women's movement and its major discourses on suffrage, higher education, and social gospel, Kym Bird challenges the male-defined focus of recent historical studies into nineteenth-century Canadian drama. She argues that in a society that preferred to think of men and women as part of "separate but complimentary spheres" - the woman naturally suited for the private world of the home and motherhood and the man for the public world of work and politics - these plays advanced two forms of feminist politics. Liberal or equality feminism demanded the same rights and privileges for women as those accorded men; domestic or maternal feminism justified women's participation in the public sphere based on their natural materialism and moral superiority.Bird argues that the playwrights, their productions, and their texts express the contradictory relations within these forms of feminism: on the one hand they represent women's social and political emancipation and, on the other, they affirm patriarchal structures and the status quo. Implicitly, this study calls into question what traditionally constitutes drama by treating plays written in non-canonical forms, mounted in nonprofessional venues, and published by marginal presses or not at all as important literary, theatrical, and historical documents.
Table of Contents
Introduction : feminist politics and the recovery of women's dramap. 1
Leaping into the breeches : liberal feminism in Sarah Anne Curzon's Laura Secord and The sweet girl graduatep. 17
Performing politics : propaganda, parody, and the mock parliamentp. 59
"Mothers of a new and virile race!" : liberalism and social purity in the life and plays of Kate Simpson Hayesp. 92
Instructive and wholesome : domestic feminism, social gospel, and the Protestant plays of Clara Rothwell Andersonp. 138
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