Jane Austen And The Theatre by Penny GayJane Austen And The Theatre by Penny Gay

Jane Austen And The Theatre

byPenny Gay

Paperback | March 16, 2006

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Jane Austen was fascinated by theater from her childhood, but the myth remains that she was anti-theatrical. Contemporary film and television have shown how naturally dramatic her stories are. Penny Gay's book describes for the first time the rich theatrical context of Austen's writing, and the intersections between her novels and contemporary drama. Gay relates Austen's mature novels to the various genres of eighteenth-century drama--laughing comedy, sentimental comedy and tragedy, Gothic theatre, early melodrama. She demonstrates the complexity of Austen's analysis of the pervasive theatricality of her society.

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Penny Gay is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Sydney, where she also teaches performance studies. Her 1994 book As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women was the first feminist study of the performances of Shakespeare's comic heroines, and she has since published separate studies of The Merchant of Venice and As...
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Title:Jane Austen And The TheatreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:March 16, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521024846

ISBN - 13:9780521024846

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Table of Contents

1. Jane Austen and the theatre; 2. Sense and Sensibility: comic and tragic drama; 3. Northanger Abbey: Catherine's adventures in the Gothic Theatre; 4. Pride and Prejudice: the comedienne and heroine; 5: Mansfield Park: Fanny's education in the theatre; 6. Emma: private theatricals in Highbury; 7. Persuasion and Melodrama; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"Penny Gay has written a delightful and informative book, and ne that will be a welcome addition to the library of Jane Austen fans as well as anyone interested in the English theatre during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries." Canadian Woman Studies