Major Voices: 18th Century British Women Playwrights
Год издания: 2004Количество страниц: 509
In the century or so after Behn and other female playwrights of the Restoration, women took their place among men as dramatists; this was still a period, however, when women often met with a hostile reception and ingrained male prejudice. Susannah Centlivre took to publishing her plays anonymously; her fellow writers endured poverty and prejudice in full measure. Fanny Burney had one of her plays stopped in rehearsal by her father, yet Elizabeth Inchbald found great success, especially with her comedies, and in her work as an editor and translator. Jane Austen certainly enjoyed Inchbald's Lovers' Vows, an adaptation of a German melodrama, and used it to brilliant effect in her great novel Mansfield Park. Austen herself was an avid theatergoer, and wrote several dramatic sketches, one of which is also included in this volume.
The plays in this anthology show the range of work that women were writing for the stage, from immensely successful comedies about love and marriage to social satire, melodrama and tragedy. Major Voices: 18th Century Women Playwrights caters to general readers, students and theater practitioners alike.
Includes a general introduction to the period and to each of the plays, together with extensive notes. The plays include A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susannah Centlivre, A Wife to be Let by Eliza Haywood, The Witlings by Fanny Burney, The Belle's Strategem by Hannah Cowley, Lovers' Vows by Elizabeth Inchbald, and Sir Charles Grandison by Jane Austen.
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