The Romantic Stage: A Many-Sided Mirror examines late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British theatre and drama with the conviction that they made an essential contribution to the aesthetic and ideological complexity of the British culture of the day. The essays collected in this volume seek to capture the richness and diversity of British Romantic theatre and drama and situate them at the centre of the multiple, and often radical, literary and social transformations that the Age brought about. The volume is divided into four main sections: “Contextualizing Romantic Theatre and Drama”, “Drama across the Arts”, “Staging the Gothic (Fear on Stage)” and “Texts, Theories and Contexts”. Each section is dedicated to a particular aspect of English Romantic drama examined through interdisciplinary, international and inter-generic perspectives.
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsLilla Maria Crisafulli and Fabio Liberto: The Romantic Stage: Holding the Mirror up to Nature and CultureJeffrey N. Cox: Editing Romantic Drama: Problems of Value, Volume, and VenuePart One: Contextualizing Romantic Theatre and DramaNicoletta Caputo: Theatrical Periodicals and the Ethics of Theatre in the Romantic AgeMichael Gamer: Romantic Drama and the Popular TheatreCarlotta Farese: The Strange Case of Herr von K: Further Reflections on the Reception of Kotzebue’s Theatre in BritainPart Two: Drama Across the ArtsFabio Liberto: Shakespeare’s Visual Memorability During RomanticismClaudia Corti: Poses and Pauses: The Theatrical Portrait in English RomanticismLilla Maria Crisafulli: “A Language in Itself Music”: Salvatore Viganò’s Ballet en Action in Shelley’s Prometheus UnboundPart Three: Staging the Gothic (Fear on Stage) Diego Saglia: Staging Gothic Flesh: Material and Spectral Bodies in Romantic-Period TheatreGiovanna Silvani: Matthew G. Lewis’ Theatre: Fear on StageFrederick Burwick: Vampires in KiltsPart Four: Texts, Theories and ContextsFranca Dellarosa: Dramatic Discourse and the Romantic Stance in Joanna Baillie’s TheatreRosy Colombo: Closet Drama on the Stage of Revolution: Language on Trial in Wordsworth’s The BorderersCarla Pomarè: Sardanapalus, or, Romantic Drama between History and ArchaeologyValeria Pellis: The Sensory and the Ideal: S.T. Coleridge’s Aesthetics in Romantic Theatrical DiscourseBibliographyNotes on ContributorsIndex