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Church and Stage in Victorian England (Hardback)
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Church and Stage in Victorian England (Hardback)

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Hardback 278 Pages / Published: 28/06/1997
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During the reign of Queen Victoria, herself an ardent theatregoer as well as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a remarkable rapprochement was effected between the Church and the stage. This 1997 book explores the implications for the theatre of the great religious movements of the period: Tractarianism, Christian Socialism and Latitudinarianism. This central relationship is seen in the context of other important themes in Victorian cultural history such as censorship, urbanization, transport, leisure, self-improvement and women's emancipation. The volume contains portraits of significant churchmen, dramatists, actors and actresses, including Newman and Keble, Bulwer Lytton and Shaw, Irving, Fanny Kemble and Ellen Terry. They were amongst the influential figures who participated in the search for a common culture which preoccupied the nineteenth century. To the Victorians the Church and the theatre were important parts of everyday life; in this study the two institutions are explored in relation not only to each other but also to the social, economic and intellectual movements of the period.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521453202
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'There has long been a need for a book exploring the story of the relationship - subtle, complex and shifting - between the church and the stage in the nineteenth century. That need has now been decisively remedied in Richard Foulkes' superb new book, Church and Stage in Victorian England. Wide ranging, meticulously researched and compulsively readable, Foulkes' account traces what was in effect a revolution in relations between the two institutions which began the century in fierce opposition to each other but ended it in mutual respect. With this book Foulkes has made a major contribution both to theatre history and to Irving studies.' Jeffrey Richards, First Knight
'... full of relishable detail'. The Times Literary Supplement

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