The Resource The first English actresses : women and drama, 1660-1700, Elizabeth Howe

The first English actresses : women and drama, 1660-1700, Elizabeth Howe

Label
The first English actresses : women and drama, 1660-1700
Title
The first English actresses
Title remainder
women and drama, 1660-1700
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Howe
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Before the Restoration of Charles II there were no professional actresses on the English stage, and female roles had almost always been played by men. This book describes how and why women were permitted to act on the public stage after 1660, and the consequences of their arrival for the drama of the period
  • There is a surprising lack of published research into Restoration actresses. Elizabeth Howe not only supplies important new facts about the women and their drama, but also opens up a fascinating subject to non-specialists. Beginning with a general account of the workings of Restoration theatre, she goes on to explain the advent of the actresses and how they were treated by theatre companies, theatre audiences and society in general. Perceived predominantly as sex objects, the actresses' sexuality was variously exploited in ways that had important consequences for drama. The remainder of the book concerns the lives and talents of the major figures, in particular Elizabeth Barry and Anne Bracegirdle, showing how their popularity, dramatic skill and public image frequently dictated the kinds of plays written for them
  • The book addresses questions that are relevant to women's issues in every period: how far did the advent of real women players alter dramatic portrayals of women? Did this encourage more or less equality between the sexes? Although in one sense merely playthings for a small male elite, the pioneering actresses also represent a new female voice in society and a new place in discourse
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Howe, Elizabeth
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2592
LC item number
.H65 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Theater
  • Women in the theater
  • English drama
  • Sex role in literature
  • Actresses
  • Théâtre
  • Femmes au théâtre
  • Théâtre anglais
  • Rôle selon le sexe dans la littérature
  • Actrices
  • Toneelspelers
  • Vrouwen
  • Toneel
  • Schauspielerin
  • Actresses
  • English drama
  • Sex role in literature
  • Theater
  • Women in the theater
  • Großbritannien
  • England
  • England
  • Great Britain
Label
The first English actresses : women and drama, 1660-1700, Elizabeth Howe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-220) 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
Introduction: the Restoration theatre -- 1. The arrival of the actress -- 2. Sex and violence -- 3. The actress, the dramatist and comedy -- 4. Life overwhelming fiction -- 5. Elizabeth Barry and the development of Restoration tragedy -- 6. The actress as dramatic prostitute -- 7. The angel and the she-devil -- 8. Conclusion: the achievement of the first English actresses -- Appendix 1 Major actresses and their roles in new plays -- Appendix 2 Plays in which Barry and Bracegirdle appeared together
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 226 pages
Isbn
9780521384445
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
91027698
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24174870
  • (OCoLC)ocm24174870
Label
The first English actresses : women and drama, 1660-1700, Elizabeth Howe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-220) 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
Introduction: the Restoration theatre -- 1. The arrival of the actress -- 2. Sex and violence -- 3. The actress, the dramatist and comedy -- 4. Life overwhelming fiction -- 5. Elizabeth Barry and the development of Restoration tragedy -- 6. The actress as dramatic prostitute -- 7. The angel and the she-devil -- 8. Conclusion: the achievement of the first English actresses -- Appendix 1 Major actresses and their roles in new plays -- Appendix 2 Plays in which Barry and Bracegirdle appeared together
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 226 pages
Isbn
9780521384445
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
91027698
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24174870
  • (OCoLC)ocm24174870

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