Frances Burney, Dramatist: Gender, Performance, And The Late Eighteenth-century Stage by Barbara DarbyFrances Burney, Dramatist: Gender, Performance, And The Late Eighteenth-century Stage by Barbara Darby

Frances Burney, Dramatist: Gender, Performance, And The Late Eighteenth-century Stage

byBarbara Darby

Paperback | November 1, 1997

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Though only one of Burney's dramas as performed in her lifetime, this text places the plays in the context of performance and feminist theory, declaring that in exposing the failure of such institutions as marriage and the church, Burney's dramas often exceed her novels in their social commentary.
Title:Frances Burney, Dramatist: Gender, Performance, And The Late Eighteenth-century StageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.27 × 6.3 × 0.86 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:University Press of Kentucky

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ISBN - 10:0813120225

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Frances Burney's position as a novelist, journalist, and letter-writer is now undisputed, thanks to reevaluations of the canon in recent years. During her lifetime (1752-1840) she won fame as a novelist, yet she was always intrigued by, and wrote for, the stage. Though only one of Burney's plays was performed in her lifetime, Barbara Darby places them in the context of performance and feminist theory and casts a new light on past assertions about Burney based entirely on her novels and journals. Darby maintains that in exposing the failure of such practices and institutions as courtship, marriage, the family, government, and the church, Burney's drama rivals her fiction in the depth of its social commentary.In her four comedies and four tragedies (one of the latter incomplete), Burney uses stage space, dialogue, blocking, and gesture to highlight the ways power is distributed between society's members. According to Darby, these plays show that the eighteenth-century female experience was dominated by physical, psychic, and emotional regulation that included bod