Church and Stage: The Theatre as Target of Religious Condemnation in Nineteenth Century America [NOOK Book]

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Throughout nineteenth century America, religious officials often condemned the theatre as an inversion of the house of God, similar to the church in architectural structure and organization but wholly different in purpose and values. This book explores the many ways in which religious institutions supported by capitalism profoundly affected the early development of American theatre. The author analyzes the church's critical view toward common theatre practices, including the use of female and child performers, ...
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Church and Stage: The Theatre as Target of Religious Condemnation in Nineteenth Century America

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Overview

Throughout nineteenth century America, religious officials often condemned the theatre as an inversion of the house of God, similar to the church in architectural structure and organization but wholly different in purpose and values. This book explores the many ways in which religious institutions supported by capitalism profoundly affected the early development of American theatre. The author analyzes the church's critical view toward common theatre practices, including the use of female and child performers, and the lower class alliance with the stage. Three appendices provide period correspondence, including an excerpt from Mark Twain's February 1871 "Memoranda," in which Twain criticizes an Episcopalian reverend for denying church burial to a popular stage comedian.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476608945
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/7/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Claudia Durst Johnson lives in Berkeley, California. She was a professor of English and department head at the University of Alabama.
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Table of Contents


Introduction - Church and Stage: The Two Temples     1
The English and Early American Beginnings     9
The Power and Values of the Church     28
Plays, Playgoers, and Actors     38
The Impact of Clerical Attacks on Actors and the Profession     49
The Church and the Actress     66
Trading Religious Approval for Work     77
Wearing the Pants, Making the Choices, Writing the Plays     92
Children in Industry: Children on Stage     103
Prostitutes and the Bar     120
Violence in the Audience, Irreverence on the Stage     135
The Winding Down of an Old War     159
Cornelius Logan's Defense of the Stage     175
Cincinnati Daily Enquirer on the Third Tier     182
Mark Twain on the Reverend Sabine     185
Chapter Notes     187
Bibliography     199
Index     213
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