Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama

Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama

by Keir Elam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754655776

ISBN-13: 9780754655770

Pub. Date: 03/16/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As theatre and drama of the Romantic Period undergo a critical reassessment among scholars internationally, the contributions of women as playwrights, actresses, and managers are also being revalued. This volume,
which brings together leading British, North American, and Italian critics, is a crucial step towards reclaiming the importance of women's dramatic and

Overview

As theatre and drama of the Romantic Period undergo a critical reassessment among scholars internationally, the contributions of women as playwrights, actresses, and managers are also being revalued. This volume,
which brings together leading British, North American, and Italian critics, is a crucial step towards reclaiming the importance of women's dramatic and theatrical activities during the period. Writing for the theatre implied assuming a public role, a hazardous undertaking for women who, especially after the French Revolution, were assigned to the private, primarily domestic, sphere. As the contributors examine the covert strategies women used to become full participants in the public theatre, they shed light on the issue of women's agency, expressed both through the writing of highly politicized or ethicized drama, as in the case of Elizabeth Inchbald or Joanna
Baillie, and through women's professional practice as theatre managers and stage producers, as in the case of Elizabeth Vestris and Jane Scott. Among the topics considered are women's history plays, domesticity, ethics and sexuality in women's closet drama, the politics of drama and performance, and the role of women as managers and producers. Specialists in performance studies, Romantic Period drama, and women's writing will find the essays both challenging and inspiring.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754655770
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Lilla Maria Crisafulli and Keir Elam; Part I Historical Drama and Romantic Historiography: Baillie, Mitford, and the 'different track' of women's historical drama on the romantic stage, Greg Kucich; Historical agency in romantic women's drama, Lilla Maria Crisafulli; Hannah More's and Ann Yearsley's Anglo-Saxon history plays, Cecilia Pietropoli; Historical sieges in women's romantic drama: Felicia Hemans, Joanna Baillie and Frances Brooke, Serena Baiesi; Felicia Hemans, Schillerian drama, and the feminization of history, Gary Kelly. Part II Dramaturgical and Cultural Processes: The erotics of home: staging sexual fantasy in British women's drama, Catherine Burroughs; When Mitford met Baillie: theatre, sociability and the networks of women's romantic drama, Diego Saglia; Dramatic theory and critical discourse in Elizabeth Inchbald's Remarks on The British Theatre, Franca Dellarosa; Elizabeth Inchbald: translation as mediation and re-writing, Vita M. Mastrosilvestri; Negotiating voices in romantic theatre: Scottish women playwrights, gender and performativity, Gioia Angeletti. Part III Women Staging, Women Staged: Inchbald, Holcroft and the censorship of Jacobin theatre, Jane Moody; From darkness to light: science and religion on Joanna Baillie's stage, Isabella Imperiali; Poses and pauses: Sarah Siddons and the romantic theatrical portrait, Claudia Corti; When 'poetry and stage do agree together': Elizabeth Vestris's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stefania Magnoni; Bibliography; Index.

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