Getting Into The Act

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Getting Into the Act is a vigorous and refreshing account of seven female playwrights who, against all odds, enjoyed professional success in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Ellen Donkin relates fascinating, disturbing tales about the male theatre managers to whom they were indebted, and the trials and prejudices they endured, ranging from accusations of plagiarism to sexual harassment.
This scarred turbulent early history still resonates in the late ...

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Getting Into the Act is a vigorous and refreshing account of seven female playwrights who, against all odds, enjoyed professional success in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Ellen Donkin relates fascinating, disturbing tales about the male theatre managers to whom they were indebted, and the trials and prejudices they endured, ranging from accusations of plagiarism to sexual harassment.
This scarred turbulent early history still resonates in the late twentieth-century. The current ratio of female to male playwrights is virtually unchanged. Old patterns of male control persist, and playwriting continues to be a hazardous occupation for women. But within these scarred earlier histories there are equally powerful narratives of self-revelation, endurance, and professional triumph that may point to a new way forward. Getting Into the Act is entertaining and informative reading for anyone, from scholar to general reader, who is interested in the history and gender politics of the stage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415082501
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/21/1995
  • Series: Gender in Performance Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
1 Occupational, Hazards: Women Playwrights in London, 1660-1800 1
2 Frances Brooke: The Female Playwright as Critic 41
3 The Paper War of Hannah Cowley and Hannah More 57
4 Sophia Lee: Documenting the Post-Garrick Era 77
5 Advantage, Mrs. Inchbald 110
6 Frances Burney and the Protection Racket 132
7 Joanna Baillie vs. The Termites Bellicosus 159
8 Afterpiece 184
Notes 193
Bibliography 223
Index 232
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