Marking the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage, Leslie Hill provides a fascinating survey of the history of first wave feminism in British theatre, from the London premiere of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in 1889...Show More
Marking the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage, Leslie Hill provides a fascinating survey of the history of first wave feminism in British theatre, from the London premiere of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in 1889 through the militant suffrage movement. Hill’s approachable overview explores some of the pivotal ways in which theatre makers both engaged with and influenced feminist discourse on topics such as sexual agency, reproductive rights, marriage equality, financial independence and suffrage.
Clear and concise, this is an ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Theatre and Performance Studies taking courses on Women in Theatre and Performance, Staging Feminism, Early Feminist Theatre, Theatre and Suffrage, Gender and Theatre, Political Theatre and Performance Historiography. This text will also appeal to scholars, lecturers, and Literature students.
- Follows a clear chronological structure
- Combines historical context with textual analysis
- Surveys how drama of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods contributed to public debates
- Explores contemporary feminist issues
- Considers compelling works by female authors, actresses and activists including Janet Achuch, Elizabeth Barker, Clotilde Graves, Cicely Hamilton, Gertrude Kingston, Christopher St John, and Elizabeth Robins alongside canonical works by male playwrights such as Harley Granville Barker, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde
- Charts theatrical representations of women from passive angels in the house and tragic fallen women, to independent New Women and bold suffragettes.
- Highlights connections between theatre and politics, reading plays in relation to events in the streets, in parliament and in prisons
1. The Angel in the House and the Fallen Woman
2. The New Woman
3. Odd Women
4. Motherhood: The Double Bind
5. Votes for Women!
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