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

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

by Faye E. E. Dudden
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300070583
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Acting Female
1Power and Danger at the Theatre1
2Starring: Fanny Kemble and the Actress as Heroine27
3Spectacles: Thomas Hamblin and His Women56
4Female Ambition: Charlotte Cushman Seizes the Stage75
5Segmentation: Many Theatres104
6Managing: The Decline of Laura Keene123
7The Rise of the Leg Show149
Conclusion: Looking at Women182
Notes185
Selected Bibliography241
Index251

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