Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, Winter

Acting Wilde: Victorian Sexuality, Theatre, and Oscar Wilde
Kerry Powell, Acting Wilde: Victorian Sexuality, Theatre, and Oscar Wilde. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 216 pp. £59.00/$90.00.Kerry Powell's approach to Wilde is to relate the man and his plays so closely that they become one, indivisible...
Read preview Overview
American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations
Charlie Keil and Ben Singer, eds. American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009. 278 pp. £22.50; $24.95.One of the most pressing questions in film studies in recent years has been its future...
Read preview Overview
Beyond the Picture-Frame Stage: Late Nineteenth-Century Pictorial Theatre Posters
Nineteenth-century pictorial theatre posters represent a largely untapped source of information about the theatre culture of the period. Though often portraying key scenes or several episodes of a play within one design, they have failed to attract critical...
Read preview Overview
Eleonora Duse's Library: The Disclosure of Aesthetic Value in Real Acting
My purpose in this article is to condense the massive work which has been necessary to reconstruct Eleonora Duse's personal library in Cambridge. Undoubtedly, I think that it is necessary to give a brief account of it. Firstly, because it is fundamental...
Read preview Overview
Los Angeles before Hollywood: Journalism and American Film Culture
Jan Olsson, Los Angeles Before Hollywood: Journalism and American Film Culture, 1905-1915. Stockholm: National Library of Sweden, 2008. 479 pp. £19.99/$35.00.In his lucid and well-crafted introduction, Jan Olsson writes that, 'this book about American...
Read preview Overview
Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama
Megan Sanborn Jones, Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama. New York: Routledge, 2009. 208 pp. $95.00 / £80.00.In Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama, Megan Sanborn Jones attempts to show how dramatists in the mid to...
Read preview Overview
Picturing American Modernity: Traffic, Technology, and the Silent Cinema
Kristen Whissel, Picturing American Modernity: Traffic, Technology, and the Silent Cinema. Durham, N. C.: Duke University Press, 2008. 288 pp. £14.99; $22.95.Kristen Whissel provides an eminently readable (and teachable) interpretation of modernity from...
Read preview Overview
Sarah Bernhardt and the London Stage: Fame and Ideology
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt was a famous international star from the 1880s to her death in 1923. Although she started acting in 1862, her major breakthrough occurred only many years later, during her first trip to London, in 1879. Bernhardt was...
Read preview Overview
The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s
Lea Jacobs, The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. 374 pp. $27.50.The cover of The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s immediately entices with an irresistible publicity still...
Read preview Overview
The Multimedia Afterlives of Victorian Novels: The Readers Library Photoplay Editions in the 1920s
The theatrical and photoplay edition: historical contextsIn December 1923, two brothers, Ralph Hall Caine (1884-1962) and Derwent Hall Caine (1891-1972), sons of the best-selling Victorian novelist and playwright Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine (1853-1931),...
Read preview Overview