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

Author: Sos Eltis
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sos Eltis
ISBN: 9780199691357 0199691355
OCLC Number: 929670364
Notes: Índice.
Description: VIII, 268 p. : il. ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction ; 1. Seduced Maidens and Resourceful Maids ; 2. Bigamy and Sensation ; 3. English Decency and French Immorality ; 4. Sex Problems and Nature's Law ; 5. Workers and Wages ; 6. Rewriting the Past ; Afterwords.
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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...

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