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Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth-Century Britain

by Tracy C. Davis

Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth-Century Britain Synopsis

Why does historical memory exclude nineteenth-century women playwrights when hundreds worked prolifically across the spectrum of professional theatre, amateur theatricals, and publishing? What might it mean to adjust the collective focus of cultural historians and literary critics so that these women can come into view? This collection of essays, written by a team of leading scholars in the field, undertakes not simply to recover the names and careers of women playwrights but to call into question the whole idea of what a playwright is, and what she does, and why it matters. Gender inquiry is the start: destabilising the category of playwrights loosens the borders of theatre history, making it possible to reconceptualize theatre and drama not as a product of culture but as social processes dynamically interacting with culture.

Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth-Century Britain Press Reviews

'This collection ... fulfils its promises to the reader, not only by contributing a substantial body of knowledge and criticism on the topic of the title but by raising many general theoretical issues that future scholars will ignore at their peril.' Brett Ashley Crawford, Theatre Research International ...an exciting contribution to the study of nineteenth-century women theatre-makers.[...] This volume adds further depth and lustre to a field of study already energized by distinguished work by Davis, Donkin, Bratton and many of their contributors. New Theatre Quarterly

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521659826
Publication date: 27th May 1999
Author: Tracy C. Davis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 312 pages
Categories: Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

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