skip to content
Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930 Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930

Author: Sos Eltis
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
From seduced maidens to adulterous wives, bigamists, courtesans, kept women and streetwalkers, the so-called 'fallen woman' was a ubiquitous and enduring figure on the Victorian and Edwardian stage. Acts of Desire traces the theatrical representation of illicit female sexuality from early nineteenth-century melodramas, through sensation dramas, Ibsenite sex-problem plays and suffrage dramas, to early social realism
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sos Eltis
ISBN: 9780199691357 0199691355
OCLC Number: 820779268
Description: viii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Seduced maidens and resourceful maids --
Bigamy and sensation --
English decency and French immorality --
Sex problems and nature's law --
Workers and wages --
Rewriting the past.
Responsibility: Sos Eltis.
More information:

Abstract:

Acts of Desire is a study of theatrical depictions of illicit female sexuality, from seduction and prostitution to bigamy and adultery, from the beginning of the nineteenth century through to the  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

Acts of Desire looks beyond the depiction of women on stage to address the surrounding social, political and economic issues which affected the theatre. Anna-Maria Ssemuyaba, The Times Literary Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/820779268> # Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
    library:oclcnum "820779268" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Place/oxford> ; # Oxford
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/enk> ;
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008103097> ; # English drama--History and criticism
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/women_in_literature> ; # Women in literature
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/literatur> ; # Literatur
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/822.0093522/e23/> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/theater> ; # Theater
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/english_drama> ; # English drama
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/geschlechtsunterschied> ; # Geschlechtsunterschied
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/sex_differences_in_literature> ; # Sex differences in literature
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/frau> ; # Frau
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/sexualitat> ; # Sexualität
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/sex_in_literature> ; # Sex in literature
    schema:bookEdition "1st ed." ;
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/51806469> ; # Sos Eltis
    schema:datePublished "2013" ;
    schema:description "Encompasses over 130 years of theatre history ; Draws on a wealth of archival material, including unpublished plays, contemporary reviews, and censorship records, presenting some material for the first time ; Sheds light on the often overlooked role of the theatre in the history of nineteenth-century sexuality and literature ; Challenges the currency and validity of the long-established critical term 'the fallen woman' ; Reveals the connections and cross-influences between nineteenth-century theatre, visual arts and the novel."@en ;
    schema:description "From seduced maidens to adulterous wives, bigamists, courtesans, kept women and streetwalkers, the so-called 'fallen woman' was a ubiquitous and enduring figure on the Victorian and Edwardian stage. Acts of Desire traces the theatrical representation of illicit female sexuality from early nineteenth-century melodramas, through sensation dramas, Ibsenite sex-problem plays and suffrage dramas, to early social realism and the well-made plays of Pinero, Jones, Maugham, and Coward. This study reveals and analyses enduring plot lines and tropes that continue to influence contemporary theatre and film. Women's illicit desires became a theatrical focus for anxieties and debates surrounding gender roles, women's rights, sexual morality, class conflict, economics, eugenics, and female employment. The theatre played a central role in both establishing and challenging sexual norms, and many playwrights exploited the ambiguities and implications of performance to stage disruptive spectacles of female desire, agency, energy, and resourcefulness, using ingenuity and skill to evade the control of that ever watchful state censor, the Lord Chamberlain. Covering an astonishing range of theatrical, social, literary, and political texts, this study challenges the currency and validity of the long-established critical term 'the fallen woman', and establishes the centrality of the theatre to cultural and sexual debates throughout the period. Acts of Desire encompasses published and unpublished plays, archival material, censorship records, and contemporary reviews to reveal the surprising continuities, complex debates, covert meanings, and exuberant spectacles which marked the history of theatrical representations of female sexuality. Engaging with popular and 'high art' performances, this study also reveals the vital connections between theatre and its sister arts, tracing the exchange of influences between Victorian drama, narrative painting and the novel, and showing theatre to be a crucial but neglected element in the cultural history of women's sexuality. -- Book jacket."@en ;
    schema:description "Seduced maidens and resourceful maids -- Bigamy and sensation -- English decency and French immorality -- Sex problems and nature's law -- Workers and wages -- Rewriting the past."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/1185857532> ;
    schema:genre "Criticism, interpretation, etc."@en ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:name "Acts of desire : women and sex on stage, 1800-1930"@en ;
    schema:productID "820779268" ;
    schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/820779268#PublicationEvent/oxford_oxford_university_press_2013> ;
    schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Agent/oxford_university_press> ; # Oxford University Press
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780199691357> ;
    umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBB2C2121> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/820779268> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Agent/oxford_university_press> # Oxford University Press
    a bgn:Agent ;
    schema:name "Oxford University Press" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/geschlechtsunterschied> # Geschlechtsunterschied
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Geschlechtsunterschied"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/sex_differences_in_literature> # Sex differences in literature
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Sex differences in literature"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/sex_in_literature> # Sex in literature
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Sex in literature"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1185857532#Topic/women_in_literature> # Women in literature
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Women in literature"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008103097> # English drama--History and criticism
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "English drama--History and criticism"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/51806469> # Sos Eltis
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:familyName "Eltis" ;
    schema:givenName "Sos" ;
    schema:name "Sos Eltis" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780199691357>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0199691355" ;
    schema:isbn "9780199691357" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.