Staging the other in nineteenth-century British drama.

Contributor(s): Morosetti, Tiziana.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Writing and culture in the long nineteenth century.Publisher: Oxford; New York : Peter Lang, Description: viii, 272 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9783034319287.Subject(s): Performing Arts | Ethnic groups-Drama | Postcolonialism in performing arts | Drama-19th century-History and criticismDDC classification: 792.094208MOR
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The body of the «Other» - exotic, unfamiliar, fascinating - is the topic of this collection of essays on nineteenth-century British theatre. Arranged chronologically, the volume traces visual representations of the Other across the nineteenth century as well as their legacy in contemporary theatrical culture. Essays explore the concept, politics and aesthetic features of the «exotic» body on stage, be it the actual body of the actor or actress, or the fictional, «picturesque» bodies brought on stage.<br> Far from focusing exclusively on the subaltern, colonial subject, this volume addresses the Other in its wider meaning, focusing on case studies as famous as Edwin Forrest and Ira Aldridge or as neglected as that of the Māori who appeared on the London stage in the 1860s. Written by an international group of scholars, this collection offers an informed, updated insight into the extensive and multifaceted presence of the non-British in both Georgian and Victorian drama, investigated through new lenses and materials to shed light on the complex engagement of nineteenth-century British culture with alterity.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Figures (p. vii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • 'By a Nose' or 'By a Hair': Bearding the Jew on the Georgian Stage (p. 17)
  • The Jew on Stage and on the Page: Intertextual Exotic (p. 41)
  • Edwin Forrest: The Exotic American Body on the Nineteenth-Century English Stage (p. 61)
  • Constructing the Zulus: The 'African' Body and Its Narratives (p. 79)
  • An Interest Must Be Strong Now-a days to Raise Much Enthusiasm in an Audience, but It May Be, at the Same Time, of an Unpleasant Nature': Maori, New Zealand and Empire on Stage 1862-1864 (p. 103)
  • Performing the Other on the Popular London Stage: Exotic People and Places in Victorian Pantomime (p. 125)
  • Impressment, Exoticism and Enslavement: Revisiting the Theatre of War through Thomas Hardy's The Trumpet-Major (1880) (p. 153)
  • Transcultural Operatics: India on the British Stage in The Nautch Girl, or, The Rajah of Chutneypore (p. 179)
  • Singing the Exotic Body across the Atlantic: From The Mikado to the Swing Mikado and Beyond (p. 207)
  • A Progressive Othello: Modern Blackness in Chakrabarti's Red Velvet (2012) (p. 227)
  • Notes on Contributors (p. 255)
  • Index (p. 259)