Women in British Romantic Theatre: Drama, Performance and Society, 1790-1840
by Catherine B. Burroughs
This is the first collection of essays to examine the extraordinary
contribution of women playwrights, actors, translators, critics and
managers who worked in British theatre during the romantic period. Focusing
on women well-known during their day but neglected for some 150 years,
the volume provides a crucial new perspective that revises historical
narratives and reflects the rapidly changing terrain of scholarship
in the complex field of romantic theatre and drama. Eleven specially-commissioned
essays by a distinguished team of scholars explore the role of numerous
theatrical women including the eminent actress Sarah Siddons and two
of the period?s most prolific playwrights Elizabeth Inchbald and Joanna
Baillie. The book strikes a balance between literary and theatrical
approaches, showing how the period?s preoccupation with categories such
as text and performance, closet drama and stage, provide a key to ?uncloseting?
an important group of female theatre artists.
Contents: Introduction: uncloseting women in British romantic theatre Catherine Burroughs; Part I. Historical Contexts: Revolution and Entrenchment: 1. Baillie, Siddons, Larpent: gender, power, and politics in the theatre of romanticism Jeffrey N. Cox; 2. Reviewing women in British Romantic Theatre Greg Kucich; Part II. Nations, Households, Dramaturgy: 3. Women and history on the romantic stage: More, Yearsley, Burney, and Mitford Katherine Newey; 4. English national identity in Mariana Starke?s The Sword of Peace: India, abolition, and the rights of women Jeanne Moskal; 5. Women?s sovereignty on trial: Joanna Baillie?s comedy The Tryal as metatheatrics Marjean D. Purinton; Part III. Performance and Closet Drama: 6. Outing Joanna Baillie Susan Bennett; 7. The management of laughter: Jane Scott?s Camilla the Amazon in 1998 Jackey Bratton and Gilli Bush-Bailey; Part IV. Criticism and Theory: 8. Elizabeth Inchbald: a woman critic in her theatrical culture Marvin Carlson; 9. Authorial performances in the criticism and theory of romantic women playwrights Thomas C. Crochunis; Part V. Translation, Adaptation, Revision: 10. Suicide and translation in the dramaturgy of Elizabeth Inchbald and Anne Plumptre Jane Moody; 11. Remaking love: remorse in the theatre of Baillie and Inchbald Julie Carlson.
2000 360 pp.