The Cambridge companion to Victorian and Edwardian theatre /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Powell, Kerry.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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An excellent collection of work by top scholars in the field of 19th-century theater history, this book covers a wide variety of important matters and is the first of its type to grapple with the extreme complexity of the British theater over this hundred-year period. Gone are the old criticisms of melodrama as escapism for lower-class audiences and generic descriptions of this widely diffuse form of drama as formulaic and without meaning. Instead, the various authors provide careful and detailed analysis of audiences, stagecraft, acting technique, forms of social criticism, and comparisons between the various theaters and dramatic forms. The style of writing in nearly all the articles is straightforward and free of jargon. Of particular note are essays by Michael Pisani on the centrality of music to dramatic production; by David Mayer on the important scholarly questions that must be asked in writing about this period of theater history; and by Heidi Holder on the East End theaters. This book will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the complexities of Victorian and Edwardian entertainment. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. S. J. Blackstone California State University--Chico

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