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Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London - Cambridge Studies in Romanticism 70 (Hardback)
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Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London - Cambridge Studies in Romanticism 70 (Hardback)

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Hardback 308 Pages / Published: 14/06/2007
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Mid-eighteenth-century London witnessed a major expansion in public culture as a result of a rapidly commercialising society. Of the many sites of entertainment, the most celebrated (and often notorious) were the Carlisle House club, the Pantheon, and the Ladies Club or Coterie. In this major study of these institutions and the fashionable sociability they epitomised, Gillian Russell examines how they transformed metropolitan cultural life. Associated with lavish masquerades, excesses of fashion, such as elaborate hairstyles, and scandalous intrigues, these venues suggested a feminisation of public life which was profoundly threatening, not least to the theatre of the period. In this highly illustrated and original contribution to the cultural history of the eighteenth century, Russell reveals fresh perspectives on the theatre and on canonical plays such as The School for Scandal, as well as suggesting a prehistory for British Romanticism.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521867320
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 632 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Russell succeeds well in presenting a very densely peopled world where a wide variety of women, from duchesses to Bluestockings to actresses have seized center stage. Throughout, there is an impressive range of reference to modern scholars and, above all the newspapers, magazines, engravings, and cartoons of the period.' Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research
'This is a book that links cultural history, theatre history, and gender to expand our understanding of each and to shed new light on the period as a whole.' The Journal of Theatre Survey

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