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The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730–1830

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Peter Thomson, Jane Moody, Christopher Baugh, Jim Davis, Lisa A. Freeman, Susan Staves, John O'Brien, Jacky Bratton, Kristina Straub, Misty Anderson, Laura J. Rosenthal, Julie A. Carlson, Gillian Russell, Michael Burden, Helen Burke, Daniel O'Quinn, Jonathan Mulrooney
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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521852371

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  • This Companion offers a wide-ranging and innovative guide to one of the most exciting and important periods in British theatrical history. The scope of the volume extends from the age of Garrick to the Romantic transformation of acting inaugurated by Edmund Kean. It brings together cutting-edge scholarship from leading international scholars in the long eighteenth century, offering lively and original insights into the world of the stage, its most influential playwrights and the professional lives of celebrated performers such as James Quin, George Anne Bellamy, John Philip Kemble, Dora Jordan, Fanny Abington and Sarah Siddons. The volume includes essential chapters about eighteenth-century acting, production and audiences, important surveys of key theatrical forms such as tragedy, comedy, melodrama and pantomime as well as a range of exciting thematic essays on subjects such as private theatricals, 'black' theatre and the representation of empire.

    • Contains seventeen essays written by leading international scholars, covering a wide range of plays and performances in this period
    • Covers recent scholarly criticism on eighteenth-century theatre
    • Includes a chronology and an extensive bibliography
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    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521852371
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.624kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Part I. Performance:
    1. Acting and actors from Garrick to Kean Peter Thomson
    2. 'Dictating to the Empire': performance and theatrical geography in eighteenth-century Britain Jane Moody
    3. Scenography and technology Christopher Baugh
    4. Spectatorship Jim Davis
    Part II. Genres:
    5. The social life of eighteenth-century comedy Lisa A. Freeman
    6. Tragedy Susan Staves
    7. Pantomime John O'Brien
    8. Romantic melodrama Jacky Bratton
    Part III. Identities:
    9. The making of an English audience: the case of the footmen's gallery Kristina Straub
    10. Women playwrights Misty Anderson
    11. Entertaining women: the actress in eighteenth-century theatre and culture Laura J. Rosenthal
    12. Race and profit in English theatre Julie A. Carlson
    Part IV. Places of Performance:
    13. Private theatricals Gillian Russell
    14. Opera and theatre Michael Burden
    15. Acting in the periphery: the Irish theatre Helen Burke
    16. Theatre and Empire Daniel O'Quinn
    Part V. Further Reading:
    17. Reading theatre, 1730–1830 Jonathan Mulrooney
    Bibliography.

  • Editor

    Jane Moody, University of York
    Jane Moody is a Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York.

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    Daniel O'Quinn, University of Guelph, Ontario
    Daniel O'Quinn is Associate Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

    Contributors

    Peter Thomson, Jane Moody, Christopher Baugh, Jim Davis, Lisa A. Freeman, Susan Staves, John O'Brien, Jacky Bratton, Kristina Straub, Misty Anderson, Laura J. Rosenthal, Julie A. Carlson, Gillian Russell, Michael Burden, Helen Burke, Daniel O'Quinn, Jonathan Mulrooney

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