Jane Austen and the Theatre
By (author) Penny Gay
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Jane Austen and the Theatre by Penny Gay
Book DescriptionJane Austen was fascinated by theatre from her childhood. As an adult she went to the theatre whenever opportunity arose. Scenes in her novels often resemble plays, and recent film and television versions have shown how naturally dramatic her stories are. Yet the myth remains that she was 'anti-theatrical', and readers continue to puzzle about the real significance of the theatricals in Mansfield Park. Penny Gay's book describes for the first time the rich theatrical context of Austen's writing, and the intersections between her novels and contemporary drama. Gay proposes a 'dialogue' in Austen's mature novels with the various genres of eighteenth-century drama - laughing comedy, sentimental comedy and tragedy, Gothic theatre, early melodrama. She re reads the novels in the light of this dialogue to demonstrate Austen's analysis of the pervasive theatricality of the society in which her heroines must perform.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521024846
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Twelfth Night or What You Will, Paperback (February 2004)
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Author Biography - Penny Gay
Penny Gay is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Sydney, where she also teaches performance studies. Her 1994 book As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women was the first feminist study of the performances of Shakespeare's comic heroines, and she has since published separate studies of The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It.
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