Church and Stage: The Theatre as Target of Religious Condemnation in Nineteenth Century America

Church and Stage: The Theatre as Target of Religious Condemnation in Nineteenth Century America

by Claudia Durst Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9780786430802
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Claudia Durst Johnson lives in Berkeley, California. She was a professor of English and department head at the University of Alabama.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Introduction—Church and Stage: The Two Temples 1



1. The English and Early American Beginnings 9

2. The Power and Values of the Church 28

3. Plays, Playgoers, and Actors 38

4. The Impact of Clerical Attacks on Actors and the Profession 49

5. The Church and the Actress 66

6. Trading Religious Approval for Work 77

7. Wearing the Pants, Making the Choices, Writing the Plays 92

8. Children in Industry: Children on Stage 103

9. Prostitutes and the Bar 120

10. Violence in the Audience, Irreverence on the Stage 135

11. The Winding Down of an Old War 159



Appendix 1: Cornelius Logan’s Defense of the Stage 175

Appendix 2: Cincinnati Daily Enquirer on the Third Tier 182

Appendix 3: Mark Twain on the Reverend Sabine 185

Chapter Notes 187

Bibliography 199

Index 213

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