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Cambridge Companions to Literature : The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre - Kerry Powell

Cambridge Companions to Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre

By: Kerry Powell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th May 2004
ISBN: 9780521795364
Number Of Pages: 308

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This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theatre, both in its own time and on the contemporary stage. The volume opens with a brief overview and introduction surveying the theatre of the time followed by an essay contextualizing the theatre within the frame of Victorian and Edwardian culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine specific aspects of performance, production, and theatre, including the music, the actors, stagecraft and the audiences themselves; plays and playwriting and issues of class and gender that have developed in recent scholarship are also explored. Chapters also deal with comedy, farce and melodrama, while other essays bring forward new topics and approaches that cross the boundaries of traditional investigation, including analysis of the economics of theatre and of the theatricality of personal identity.

'This is a fascinating and informative addition to the Cambridge Companions to Literature series.' Reference Reviews 'All the contributions to this undeniably useful enterprise are sufficiently expert to ensure it a place on undergraduate and graduate reading-lists ...'. Journal of Theatre Research International

List of illustrationsp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction
Before the curtainp. 3
Performance and context
Actors and actingp. 17
The show business economy, and its discontentsp. 36
Victorian and Edwardian stagecraft: techniques and issuesp. 52
Music for the theatre: style and function in incidental musicp. 70
Victorian and Edwardian audiencesp. 93
Performing identities: actresses and autobiographyp. 109
Text and context
Comedy and farcep. 129
Encountering melodramap. 145
The music hallp. 164
Theatre of the 1890s: breaking down the barriersp. 183
New theatres for a new dramap. 207
The fallen woman on stage: maidens, magdalens, and the emancipated femalep. 222
Reimagining the theatre: women playwrights of the Victorian and Edwardian periodp. 237
The East-End theatrep. 257
Select bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780521795364
ISBN-10: 0521795362
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 26th May 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.49