John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre

Hardcover | June 15, 2010

byKatherine Newey, Jeffrey Richards

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This the first sustained study of the interest of John Ruskin in the theatre of his time. It examines Ruskin's active engagement with and influence on the Victorian popular theatre. Ruskin was an enthusiastic and catholic theatre-goer, enjoying pantomime as much as Shakespeare. Through the lens of Ruskin's discussions of pantomime, melodrama, Shakespearean tragedy, and painting and the stage, Newey and Richards offer a new view of the late Victorian stage focusing on London's West End in its heyday.

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This the first sustained study of the interest of John Ruskin in the theatre of his time. It examines Ruskin's active engagement with and influence on the Victorian popular theatre. Ruskin was an enthusiastic and catholic theatre-goer, enjoying pantomime as much as Shakespeare. Through the lens of Ruskin's discussions of pantomime, mel...

KATE NEWEY is Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has published widely on nineteenth-century theatre, and women's writing, including Women's Theatre Writing in Victorian Britain and Ruskin, the Theatre and Victorian Visual Culture. JEFFREY RICHARDS is Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:June 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230524990

ISBN - 13:9780230524996

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Table of Contents

PART I: RUSKINIAN THEATRE: AN OVERVIEW * Ruskin and the Theatre: Introduction * E.W. Godwin and Ruskinian Aesthetics * Aesthetics, Ethics, and Education in the Theatre * Ruskin and Shakespeare * PART II: DRAMATIC GENRES * Toga Plays * Melodrama. * Pantomime
* PART III: PRODUCTION PRACTICES * Scene-Painting and Costume Design as Art Forms
* Ruskinian Stage Productions * Stage Beauties: Ruskin and the Actresses * Conclusion * The Audience * Index

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"This is an exhaustive treatment of a subject most students of Victorian culture probably know little about...Recommended."--Choice