Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, December

An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896-1937
Zhang Zhen, An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896-1937. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. 488 pp. £19.Evolved from an award-winning dissertation for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Zhang Zhen's long-awaited...
'Crime and Punishment': Tales of the Opera Chorus in Nineteenth-Century Parma
As the prisoners stumbled into the light in 1805 in the earliest version of Beethoven's Fidelio, voicing poignant relief at the fresh air and its hope of freedom, a new character emerged on to the operatic stage: the chorus. It would find a place in...
Houdini's Actuality Films: Mediated Magic on the Variety Stage
Houdini represented a new model of magic in which the real world - rather than the theatrical stage or the moving picture studio - became a primary field of action for the magician. During the early twentieth century, Houdini's outdoor escapes from handcuffs,...
'Kick[ing] against the Pricks': Michael Field's Brutus Ultor as Manifesto for the 'New Woman'
We have determined by Heaven's grace to give the English people plays - full of poetry and religion, and humour, and thought. They will not like this . . . they will Kick against the pricks, but ultimately they will thankfully accept us.1'Michael Field'...
Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity
Jacqueline N. Stewart, Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. 343pp. £15.95.Recently a number of scholars have been centrally focused on reconstructing black film history, attempting...
The Familiarity of the New: The Emergence of a Motion Picture Industry in Late Nineteenth-Century London
Recently, a Victorianist, knowing of my interest in films and the 1890s, asked me in all innocence if I knew of any Victorian cinemas that survived. It is a question neatly indicative of the notions that exist about the reception and the social place...
The Revenge of the Dead: Mary Braddon's Unpublished Script Fragment
The Revenge of the Dead is one of several script fragments that were amongst the collected family papers of Mary Elizabeth Braddon.1 It was whilst staying in theatrical digs in Aberdeen in the early 1850s that Mary Braddon wrote this partial script.2...