The Resource Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930, Sos Eltis

Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930, Sos Eltis

Label
Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930
Title
Acts of desire
Title remainder
women and sex on stage, 1800-1930
Statement of responsibility
Sos Eltis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • From seduced maidens to adulterous wives, bigamists, courtesans, kept women and streetwalkers, the so-called 'fallen woman' was a ubiquitous and enduring figure on the Victorian and Edwardian stage. Acts of Desire traces the theatrical representation of illicit female sexuality from early nineteenth-century melodramas, through sensation dramas, Ibsenite sex-problem plays and suffrage dramas, to early social realism and the well-made plays of Pinero, Jones, Maugham, and Coward. This study reveals and analyses enduring plot lines and tropes that continue to influence contemporary theatre and film. Women's illicit desires became a theatrical focus for anxieties and debates surrounding gender roles, women's rights, sexual morality, class conflict, economics, eugenics, and female employment. The theatre played a central role in both establishing and challenging sexual norms, and many playwrights exploited the ambiguities and implications of performance to stage disruptive spectacles of female desire, agency, energy, and resourcefulness, using ingenuity and skill to evade the control of that ever watchful state censor, the Lord Chamberlain. Covering an astonishing range of theatrical, social, literary, and political texts, this study challenges the currency and validity of the long-established critical term 'the fallen woman', and establishes the centrality of the theatre to cultural and sexual debates throughout the period. Acts of Desire encompasses published and unpublished plays, archival material, censorship records, and contemporary reviews to reveal the surprising continuities, complex debates, covert meanings, and exuberant spectacles which marked the history of theatrical representations of female sexuality. Engaging with popular and 'high art' performances, this study also reveals the vital connections between theatre and its sister arts, tracing the exchange of influences between Victorian drama, narrative painting and the novel, and showing theatre to be a crucial but neglected element in the cultural history of women's sexuality. -- Book jacket
  • Encompasses over 130 years of theatre history ; Draws on a wealth of archival material, including unpublished plays, contemporary reviews, and censorship records, presenting some material for the first time ; Sheds light on the often overlooked role of the theatre in the history of nineteenth-century sexuality and literature ; Challenges the currency and validity of the long-established critical term 'the fallen woman' ; Reveals the connections and cross-influences between nineteenth-century theatre, visual arts and the novel
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Eltis, Sos
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR635.W6
LC item number
E45 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English drama
  • Women in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Sex differences in literature
  • Literatur
  • Theater
  • Frau
  • Sexualität
  • Geschlechtsunterschied
  • English drama
  • Sex differences in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Women in literature
Label
Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930, Sos Eltis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-260) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Seduced maidens and resourceful maids -- Bigamy and sensation -- English decency and French immorality -- Sex problems and nature's law -- Workers and wages -- Rewriting the past
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780199691357
Lccn
2013431430
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)820779268
  • (OCoLC)ocn820779268
Label
Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930, Sos Eltis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-260) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Seduced maidens and resourceful maids -- Bigamy and sensation -- English decency and French immorality -- Sex problems and nature's law -- Workers and wages -- Rewriting the past
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 268 pages
Isbn
9780199691357
Lccn
2013431430
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)820779268
  • (OCoLC)ocn820779268

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