Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, Summer

'Call Me Gypsy' - Anna Cora Mowatt and Mesmerism
Anna Cora Mowatt came to prominence as a playwright in 1845 when her comedy Fashion successfully premiered at the Park Theatre in New York. Fashion, considered the first American comedy of manners, brought Mowatt instant fame as a playwright. Her meteoric...
Documents of Performance: Lillian Gish on Acting on the Silent Screen
Few screen performers, speaking to journalists or preparing their memoirs, linger on the techniques that are assumed to lie behind their art. None of the silent film actors, to my knowledge, has described with such fidelity-to-detail the self-awareness...
Editorial
When, in 1972, I was appointed to the Drama Department at Manchester University and it was learned by members of that institution's English Department that I had been engaged to teach undergraduates and postgraduates in nineteenth century theatre, members...
Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770-1840
Moody, Jane. Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770-1840. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP 2000. xiv + 278 pp, hardback.Jane Moody's Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770-1840 is a landmark achievement, addressing head-on a legislative manoeuvre (the...
Nineteenth Century Charade Dramas: Syllables of Gentility and Sociability
In an essay on women's playwriting entitled 'The sociable playwright and representative citizen,' Tracy C. Davis encourages scholars to look beyond nineteenth century West End theatres to find female playwrights, '. . . the question is not were there...
Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O. J. Simpson
Williams, Linda. Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O. J. Simpson. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2001. xvi + 401 pp.Linda Williams' new book is a fascinating, and I believe important work. Using...
Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City/Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in Fin-De-Siècle France/Writing London: The Trace of the Urban Text from Blake to Dickens
Bailey, Peter. Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. x + 258 pp.Schwartz, Vanessa R. Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Siècle France. Berkeley: University of California Press,...
The Portable Theater: American Literature and the Nineteenth-Century Stage/Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, Hull-House Domesticity/Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History
Ackerman, Alan, Jr. The Portable Theater: American Literature and the Nineteenth-Century Stage. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.Jackson, Shannon. Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, Hull-House Domesticity. Ann Arbor: University...
Training the Actor: Belasco and Mrs Carter
The professional partnership of writer-director David Belasco and the woman he trained for the stage, Mrs. Leslie Carter, a Chicago socialite whose scandal-making divorce proceedings stunned the public in the late 1880's, reached its summit with the...
"We Commence ... with One of the Oldest and Most Agreeable of Our Remembrances - Mr. T. P. Cooke"
As any historian knows, the changes made to history can at times be dramatic. Myth and fiction seep into our understanding and consequently, retelling of historic events. Nationalism is often involved in this process. As a culturally collective ideology,...