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Women playwrights in England, Ireland, and Scotland, 1660-1823 /
David D. Mann & Susan Garland Mann, with Camille Garnier.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1996.
xiii, 417 p. ; 26 cm.
0253330874 (alk. paper)
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1996.
0253330874 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 21-25).
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-03-01:
Contrary to the authors' claim that they are treating a "sparsely explored field," this book supplements a substantial body of scholarship. Indeed, the bibliography (which has some omissions) lists five full-length works specifically devoted to the subject and many studies and biographies of women writers. Judith Phillips Stanton discussed English women dramatists in Curtain Calls: British and American Women and the Theater, 1660-1800, ed. by Mary Anne Schofield and Cecelia Macheski (CH, Jul'91). However, the number of women playwrights increased greatly after 1770, and by extending the terminal date to 1823--and by careful research and more inclusive principles of selection--this work nearly doubles Stanton's totals of authors and plays. The bulk of the book consists of individual entries for some 160 authors and nearly 600 plays. All of the entries include bibliographical information and critical commentary. Detailed summaries of plays (a number exist only as manuscripts) are quite useful, but the introduction is flawed by generalizations, vagueness, and skimpy explanation. Readers unfamiliar with theatrical and literary history will not have an adequate context for the individual entries. Many of the authors are dealt with in greater depth in Dictionary of British and American Women Writers, 1600-1800, ed. by Janet Todd (CH, Jan'85). Still, the book can be recommended for most reference collections in women's theater and literature serving upper-division undergraduates and above. J. W. Lafler formerly, Institute for Historical Study
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