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Actresses on the Victorian Stage : Feminine Performance and the Galatea Myth - Gail Marshall

Actresses on the Victorian Stage

Feminine Performance and the Galatea Myth

Hardcover Published: 28th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521620161
Number Of Pages: 250

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Gail Marshall argues that the professional and personal history of the Victorian actress was largely defined by her negotiation with the sculptural metaphor, and that this was authorised and determined by the Ovidian myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. Drawing on evidence of theatrical fictions, visual representations, and popular culture's assimilation of the sculptural image, as well as theatrical productions, she examines some of the manifestations of the sculptural metaphor on the legitimate English stage, and its implications for the actress in the later nineteenth century. Within the legitimate theatre, the 'Galatea-aesthetic' positioned actresses as predominantly visual and sexual commodities whose opportunities for interpretative engagement with their plays were minimal. This dominant aesthetic was effectively challenged only at the end of the century, with the advent of the 'New' drama, and the emergence of a body of autobiographical writings by actresses.

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List of illustrations
Victorian Pygmalions
Acting Galatea, -the ideal statuesque-
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, and the sculptural aesthetic
Very lovely Greek statues: the London stage in the 1880s
Living statues and the literary drama
Conclusion: writing actresses
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ISBN: 9780521620161
ISBN-10: 0521620163
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 28th May 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54