Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754655770
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Notes on Contributors

Introduction Lilla Maria Crisafulli Crisafulli, Lilla Maria Keir Elam Elam, Keir 1

Pt. I Historical Drama and Romantic Historiography

1 Baillie, Mitford, and the 'Different Track' of Women's Historical Drama on the Romantic Stage Greg Kucich Kucich, Greg 21

2 Historical Agency in Romantic Women's Drama Lilla Maria Crisafulli Crisafulli, Lilla Maria 43

3 Hannah More's and Ann Yearsley's Anglo-Saxon History Plays Cecilia Pietropoli Pietropoli, Cecilia 59

4 Historical Sieges in Women's Romantic Drama: Felicia Hemans, Joanna Baillie and Frances Brooke Serena Baiesi Baiesi, Serena 71

5 Felicia Hemans, Schillerian Drama, and the Feminization of History Gary Kelly Kelly, Gary 85

Pt. II Dramaturgical and Cultural Processes

6 The Erotics of Home: Staging Sexual Fantasy in British Women's Drama Catherine Burroughs Burroughs, Catherine 103

7 When Mitford Met Baillie: Theatre, Sociability and the Networks of Women's Romantic Drama Diego Saglia Saglia, Diego 123

8 Dramatic Theory and Critical Discourse in Elizabeth Inchbald's Remarks on The British Theatre Franca Dellarosa Dellarosa, Franca 147

9 Elizabeth Inchbald: Translation as Mediation and Re-writing Vita M. Mastrosilvestri Mastrosilvestri, Vita M. 159

10 Negotiating Voices in Romantic Theatre: Scottish Women Playwrights, Gender and Performativity Gioia Angeletti Angeletti, Gioia 169

Pt. III Women Staging, Women Staged

11 Inchbald, Holcroft and the Censorship of Jacobin Theatre Jane Moody Moody, Jane 199

12 From Darkness to Light: Science and Religion on Joanna Baillie's Stage Isabella Imperiali Imperiali, Isabella 215

13 Poses and Pauses: Sarah Siddons and the Romantic Theatrical Portrait Claudia Corti Corti, Claudia 231

14 When 'Poetry and Stage do Agree Together': Elizabeth Vestris's A Midsummer Night's Dream Stefania Magnani Magnani, Stefania 251

Bibliography 263

Index 287

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