Actresses On The Victorian Stage: Feminine Performance and the Galatea Myth by Gail MarshallActresses On The Victorian Stage: Feminine Performance and the Galatea Myth by Gail Marshall

Actresses On The Victorian Stage: Feminine Performance and the Galatea Myth

byGail Marshall

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Gail Marshall looks at actresses on the English stage of the later nineteenth century, and argues that much of their work was determined by the popularity at the time of images of Classical sculpture. They were often encouraged to look as much as possible like statues, and thus to appear to their audiences as sexually desirable objects rather than creative artists. The book draws for its evidence on theatrical fictions, visual representations, and popular culture's assimilation of the sculptural image, as well as on theatrical productions.
Title:Actresses On The Victorian Stage: Feminine Performance and the Galatea MythFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521027462

ISBN - 13:9780521027465

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Victorian Pygmalions; 2. Acting Galatea, 'the ideal statuesque'; 3. George Eliot, Daniel Deronda, and the sculptural aesthetic; 4. Very lovely Greek statues: the London stage in the 1880s; 5. Living statues and the literary drama; Conclusion: writing actresses; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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