Playing Out the Empire: Ben-Hur and Other Toga Plays and Films - A Critical Anthology

Playing Out the Empire: Ben-Hur and Other Toga Plays and Films - A Critical Anthology

by David Mayer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198119909

ISBN-13: 9780198119906

Pub. Date: 02/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The "toga play" is a genre of theatrical melodrama which flourished in the late nineteenth century and which re-emerged in silent cinema and later Hollywood "epics." This first collection of the most important playscripts and film scenarios of toga plays includes the popular Victorian melodrama The Sign of the Cross (1895), Claudian (1883), The

Overview

The "toga play" is a genre of theatrical melodrama which flourished in the late nineteenth century and which re-emerged in silent cinema and later Hollywood "epics." This first collection of the most important playscripts and film scenarios of toga plays includes the popular Victorian melodrama The Sign of the Cross (1895), Claudian (1883), The Last Days of Pompeii, Ben Hur (both the play and the film), The Charioteer, and D.W. Griffith's earliest toga film, The Barbarian Ingomar (1908). David Mayer's detailed introductions show how the plays cast new light on Victorian attitudes toward issues of class, gender, religion, and imperialism. The volume is generously illustrated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198119906
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.90(d)

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