The Cambridge Companion to the Actress

The Cambridge Companion to the Actress

by Maggie B. Gale, John Stokes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521608546

ISBN-13: 9780521608541

Pub. Date: 01/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a unique collection of original essays on the cultural role of performing women on stage and on screen, throughout history and across continents - from Nell Gwyn to Lily Langtry, from Sarah Bernhardt to Peggy Ashcroft, from Joyce Grenfell to Vanessa Redgrave, from Ellen Terry to Halle Berry. Topics covered include cross-dressing, solo performance, racial…  See more details below

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This is a unique collection of original essays on the cultural role of performing women on stage and on screen, throughout history and across continents - from Nell Gwyn to Lily Langtry, from Sarah Bernhardt to Peggy Ashcroft, from Joyce Grenfell to Vanessa Redgrave, from Ellen Terry to Halle Berry. Topics covered include cross-dressing, solo performance, racial constraints, recent Shakespeare, and the actress in early photography and on film. Its unusual perspectives on some extraordinary careers will fascinate, surprise and instruct theatre-goers, scholars and students alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521608541
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,295,841
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     vii
Notes on contributors     ix
Acknowledgements     xii
Introduction   Maggie B. Gale   John Stokes     1
Turning points
Revolution, legislation and autonomy   Gilli Bush-Bailey     15
Spectacle, intellect and authority: the actress in the eighteenth century   Elizabeth Eger     33
Cultural formations: the nineteenth-century touring actress and her international audiences   Gail Marshall     52
The actress as photographic icon: from early photography to early film   David Mayer     74
The actress and the profession: training in England in the twentieth century   Lucie Sutherland     95
Out of the ordinary: exercising restraint in the post-war years   John Stokes     116
Icons and labourers: some political actresses   Tony Howard     134
Professional opportunities
The actress as manager   Jo Robinson     157
By herself: the actress and autobiography, 1755-1939   Viv Gardner     173
The screen actress from silence to sound   Christine Gledhill     193
Side doors and service elevators: racial constraints for actresses of colour   Lynette Goddard     215
Genre, form and tradition
Mirroring men: the actress in drag   Jacky Bratton     235
'Studies in hysteria': actress and courtesan, Sarah Bernhardt and Mrs Patrick Campbell   Elaine Aston     253
Beyond the muse: the Spanish actress as collaborator   Maria M. Delgado     272
Going solo: an historical perspective on the actress and the monologue   Maggie B. Gale     291
Changing Shakespeare: new possibilities for the modern actress   Penny Gay     314
General reading     327
Index     330

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