Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London by Gillian RussellWomen, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London by Gillian Russell

Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London

byGillian Russell

Paperback | June 24, 2010

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Mid-eighteenth-century London witnessed a major expansion in public culture as a result of a rapidly commercialising society. Of the many sites of entertainment, the most celebrated (and often notorious) were the Carlisle House club, the Pantheon, and the Ladies Club or Coterie. In this major study of these institutions and the fashionable sociability they epitomised, Gillian Russell examines how they transformed metropolitan cultural life. Associated with lavish masquerades, excesses of fashion, such as elaborate hairstyles, and scandalous intrigues, these venues suggested a feminisation of public life which was profoundly threatening, not least to the theatre of the period. In this highly illustrated and original contribution to the cultural history of the eighteenth century, Russell reveals fresh perspectives on the theatre and on canonical plays such as The School for Scandal, as well as suggesting a prehistory for British Romanticism.
Title:Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian LondonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:June 24, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The Circle of Soho: Teresa Cornelys and Carlisle House; 3. Harmonic routs and midnight revels: the politics of masquerade; 4. 'Dissipation's hydra reign': Almack's and the Coterie; 5. 'Welcome to the Pleasure Dome': the London Pantheon; 6. Lady Bab and Mrs Ab: the woman of fashion and the theatre; 7. 'Alias, alias, alias': the trials of the Duchess of Kingston; 8. 'Lady Teazle's occupation's o'er'; 9. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

'Russell succeeds well in presenting a very densely peopled world where a wide variety of women, from duchesses to Bluestockings to actresses have seized center stage. Throughout, there is an impressive range of reference to modern scholars and, above all the newspapers, magazines, engravings, and cartoons of the period.' Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research