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The Cambridge Companion to the Actress (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
by John Stokes
Binding: Hardcover, 364 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Weight: 1.41 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.98 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0521846064
ISBN 13: 9780521846066
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This Companion brings together sixteen new essays which examine, from various perspectives, the social and cultural role of the actress throughout history and across continents. Each essay focuses on a particular stage in her development, for example professionalism in the seventeenth century; the emergence of the actress/critic during the Romantic period and, later on, of the actress as best selling autobiographer; the coming of the drama schools which led to today's emphasis on the actress as a highly trained working woman. Chapters consider the image of the actress as a courtesan, as a 'muse', as a representative of the 'ordinary' housewife, and as a political activist. The collection also contains essays on forms, genres and traditions on cross dressing, solo performance, racial constraints, and recent Shakespeare as well as on the actress in early photography and on film. Its unique range will fascinate, surprise and instruct theatre goers and students alike.


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