Women in the American Theatre: Actresses and Audiences, 1790-1870 / Edition 1

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Overview

This lively, engaging book explores how women were depicted in the antebellum American theatre during the period when the entertainment industry was taking shape and the first women's rights movement emerged. Through a series of vivid biographical sketches of female performers and managers, Faye Dudden provides new insights into the way that women became products in the entertainment marketplace even as they sought increasing freedom in their everyday world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300070583
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Acting Female
1 Power and Danger at the Theatre 1
2 Starring: Fanny Kemble and the Actress as Heroine 27
3 Spectacles: Thomas Hamblin and His Women 56
4 Female Ambition: Charlotte Cushman Seizes the Stage 75
5 Segmentation: Many Theatres 104
6 Managing: The Decline of Laura Keene 123
7 The Rise of the Leg Show 149
Conclusion: Looking at Women 182
Notes 185
Selected Bibliography 241
Index 251
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