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Women, Theatre and Performance: New Histories, New Historiographies

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This collection addresses key questions in women's theatre history and retrieves a number of previously "hidden" histories of women performers. The essays range across the past 300 years—topics covered include Susanna Centlivre and the notion of intertheatricality; gender and theatrical space; the repositioning of women performers such as Wagner's Muse, Willhelmina Schröder-Devrient, the Comédie Français' "Mademoiselle Mars," Mme. Arnould-Plessey, and the actresses of the ...

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Overview

This collection addresses key questions in women's theatre history and retrieves a number of previously "hidden" histories of women performers. The essays range across the past 300 years—topics covered include Susanna Centlivre and the notion of intertheatricality; gender and theatrical space; the repositioning of women performers such as Wagner's Muse, Willhelmina Schröder-Devrient, the Comédie Français' "Mademoiselle Mars," Mme. Arnould-Plessey, and the actresses of the Russian serf theatre.

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Inaugurating a series of feminist perspectives on identifying performance and historiographical practice, and developing new methodological approaches and theoretical models for the theater, contributors from England, the US, Canada, and Ireland explore such topics as gender, geography, and theatrical space; Wilhemine Schr<:o>der-Devrient as Wagner's theatrical muse; women's playwriting in the contemporary British theater; and constructing history in and . Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719057137
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Women, Theatre and Performance Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie B. Gale is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.

Viv Gardner is Professor in Theatre Studies at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

Reading the Intertheatrical
• The Invisible Spectatrice: Gender, Geography and Theatrical Space—Viv Gardner
• Theatre History, Historiography and Women's Dramatic Writing—Susan Bennett
• Wilhemine Schröder-Devrient: Wagner’s Theatrical Muse—Susan A. Rutherford
• Memories of Plessey: Henry James Re-Stages the Past—John Stokes
• Elizabeth Robins: Hysteria, Politics and Performance—Joanna Townsend
• From Fame to Obscurity: In Search of Clemence Dane—Maggie B. Gale
• Workshop to Mainstream: Women's Playwriting in the Contemporary British Theatre—John Deeney
• Feminists Perform their Past: Constructing History in the Heidi Chronicles and the Break of Day—Charlotte Canning
• No Space of our Own?: Margaret Macnamara, Alma Brosnan, Ruth Dodds and the ILP Arts Guild—Ros Merkin
• Comic Militancy: The Politics of Suffrage Drama—Susan Carlson
• The Gender of Russian Serf Theatre and Performance—Catherine Schuler

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