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The Performing Century : Nineteenth-century Theatre's History

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This collection of specially commissioned essays offers the latest research on a broad array of nineteenth-century performance genres, lucidly written, by leading scholars in the field. It will be of interest to students of historiography, theatre history, British popular culture, and leisure studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230589483
  • Publisher: Ebsco Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/26/2009

Meet the Author

BJÖRN HETTNE is Professor Emeritus, School of Global studies, Goteborg University, Sweden.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vii
Notes on the Contributors     ix
Series Introduction: Redefining British Theatre History   Peter Holland     xii
Introduction: the Performing Society   Tracy C. Davis   Peter Holland     1
Performance Occasions     11
Boxing Day   Jim Davis     13
What are Fairies For?   Tracy C. Davis     32
Communal Performances: Royal Ritual, Revolution and National Acts   Emily Allen     60
George Edwardes and Musical Comedy: the Transformation of London Theatre and Society, 1878-1914   Thomas Postlewait     80
Performance Anxieties     103
Nation and Neighbourhood, Jews and Englishmen: Location and Theatrical Ideology in Victorian London   Heidi J. Holder     105
Theatre History and Capital on the Victorian Stage   Jane Moody     121
Modernity, Geography and Historiography: (Re)-Mapping Irish Theatre History in the Nineteenth Century   Mark Phelan     135
Repertoires     159
The Death of Tragedy; or, the Birth of Melodrama   Jeffrey N. Cox     161
Fitting the Bill: Acting Out the Season of 1813/14 at the Sans Pareil   Gilli Bush-Bailey     182
CharlesMathews, Low Comedian, and the Intersections of Romantic Ideology   Edward Ziter     198
The Persistence of Closet Drama: Theory, History, Form   Catherine Burroughs     215
Shakespeare and the Music Hall   Richard Schoch     236
What Is a Play? Drama and the Victorian Circus   Jacky Bratton     250
Index     263
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