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The Resource Actresses on the Victorian stage : feminine performance and the Galatea myth, Gail Marshall

Actresses on the Victorian stage : feminine performance and the Galatea myth, Gail Marshall

Label
Actresses on the Victorian stage : feminine performance and the Galatea myth
Title
Actresses on the Victorian stage
Title remainder
feminine performance and the Galatea myth
Statement of responsibility
Gail Marshall
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Gail Marshall argues that the professional and personal history of the Victorian actress was largely defined by her negotiation with the sculptural metaphor, and that this was authorized and determined by the Ovidian myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. Drawing on evidence of theatrical fictions, visual representations and popular culture's assimilation of the sculptural image, as well as theatrical productions, she examines some of the manifestations of the sculptural metaphor on the legitimate English stage, and its implications for the actress in the later nineteenth century. Within the legitimate theatre, the 'Galatea-aesthetic' positioned actresses as predominantly visual and sexual commodities whose opportunities for interpretative engagement with their plays were minimal. This dominant aesthetic was effectively challenged only at the end of the century, with the advent of the 'New' drama, and the emergence of a body of autobiographical writings by actresses
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Marshall, Gail
Dewey number
792.028
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Series volume
No. 16
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  • Women in the theater
  • Actresses
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Target audience
specialized
Label
Actresses on the Victorian stage : feminine performance and the Galatea myth, Gail Marshall
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Hardback
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography (pp. 218-229) and index
Control code
9780521620161
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 233 p.
Isbn
9780521620161
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., ports
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Actresses on the Victorian stage : feminine performance and the Galatea myth, Gail Marshall
Publication
Note
Hardback
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography (pp. 218-229) and index
Control code
9780521620161
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 233 p.
Isbn
9780521620161
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill., ports
Specific material designation
regular print

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