Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, Winter

Blackened Irish and Brownfaced Amerindians: Constructions of American Whiteness in Dion Boucicault's the Octoroon
That is why performances in general . . . are so rich in revealing contradictions: because they make publicly visible through symbolic action both the tangible existence of social boundaries and, at the same time, the contingency of those boundaries...
Documents of Performance: Refreshment Tokens or 'Wet Money'
Our document section will offer objects and texts which, individually, throw light on theatrical and/or filmic processes or the cultural circumstances in which performance events have taken place. As with any other document, this document and those which...
Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson/Theatre, Culture and Temperature Reform in Nineteenth Century America/Theatre, Society and the Nation: Staging American Identities
Heather S. Nathans, Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 285 pp. £45.00.John W. Frick, Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America. Cambridge: Cambridge...
In Soldier's Clothes: Adah Isaacs Menken Goes to War
While most biographers looking at the life of Adah Isaacs Menken skip over her journeys to Pittsburgh - judging them, if they mention these performances at all, as marginal at best - her time spent in the 'Iron City' is notable. Menken toured to Pittsburgh...
Jumpin' Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton Onstage at the American Museum
In 1847, nine-year-old child star Charles Sherwood Stratton, better known to an adoring European public as 'General Tom Thumb,' returned to the United States from a wildly successful three-year European tour. That year he would begin a meteoric rise...
Obituary: Inga-Stina Ewbank (1932-2004)
The Editorial Board of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film are sad to announce the death of one of the journal's founding advisory editors, Professor Inga-Stina Ewbank.As I search for a way to begin this saddest of pieces of writing, my eye falls on...
Representing the Comic Actor at Work: The Harlow Portrait of Charles Mathews
In a paper on theatrical iconography and the referential dilemma Christopher Balme argues for what he calls a more precise iconological analysis of pictorial documents related to the theatre and 'for the necessity to move beyond questions of fixed, unequivocal...
Theatre, Culture and Temperance in Nineteenth-Century America
John W. Frick, Theatre, Culture and Temperance in Nineteenth-Century America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xii + 256 pp. £45.00.It is now almost de rigueur to refer to 'melodrama' at some point in nineteenth-century cultural studies....
The Orient on the Victorian Stage
Edward Ziter, The Orient on the Victorian Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2003. 235 pp. £45.00.In July 1853, the Illustrated London News praised a new production of Byron's Sardanapalus, under the direction of Edmund Kean, for serving as...