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Staging gender in Behn and Centlivre : women's comedy and the theatre

Author: Nancy Eileen Copeland
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Studies in performance and early modern drama.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1stView all editions and formats
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Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre studies the representation of gender in four of the most important plays by the leading professional women playwrights of the late Stuart period. Behn's The Rover (1677) and The Luckey Chance (1686) and Centlivre's The Busie Body (1709) and The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret (1714) are first placed in their original theatrical and cultural contexts and then studied through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Named Person: Aphra Behn; Susanna Centlivre; Susanna Centlivre; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Susanna Centlivre
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Eileen Copeland
ISBN: 9781351898249 1351898248 1315242508 9781315242507 1351898256 9781351898256 135189823X 9781351898232
OCLC Number: 1122176306
Notes: Previously issued in print: Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface; Gender and 'intertheatricality'; The Rover; The Rover and the repertoire; The Luckey Chance; The Busie Body; The Wonder; Behn, Centlivre, and 'Restoration Comedy'; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Studies in performance and early modern drama.
Responsibility: Nancy Copeland.

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Staging Gender in Behn and Centlivre studies the representation of gender in four of the most important plays by the leading professional women playwrights of the late Stuart period. Behn's The Rover (1677) and The Luckey Chance (1686) and Centlivre's The Busie Body (1709) and The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret (1714) are first placed in their original theatrical and cultural contexts and then studied through subsequent productions and adaptations extending from the eighteenth century to the twentieth. The detailed analysis of these plays is framed by a discussion of the cultural position of the playwrights and the kind of comedy they wrote. The survival of these plays in the repertoire offers an unusual opportunity to examine the theatrical 'double life' of works by early women playwrights. The lengthy production histories of these comedies placed them in dialogue with radically different ideas of appropriate and permissible behavior for both women and men. The resulting productions, alterations, and adaptations included both feminist reinterpretations and recuperations of the plays' challenges to dominant meanings of gender. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of dramatic literature, theatre, and women's studies.

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