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The Resource Acting naturally : Victorian theatricality and authenticity, Lynn M. Voskuil

Acting naturally : Victorian theatricality and authenticity, Lynn M. Voskuil

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Acting naturally : Victorian theatricality and authenticity
Title
Acting naturally
Title remainder
Victorian theatricality and authenticity
Statement of responsibility
Lynn M. Voskuil
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Acting Naturally Lynn Voskuil argues that Victorian Britons saw themselves as "authentically performative," a paradoxical belief that focused their sense of vocation as individuals, as a public, and as a nation. Rather than confirming the customary view of Victorian England as fundamentally antitheatrical, Voskuil shows instead how the Victorians' fabled commitment to the culture of sincerity was often authorized, rather than invariably threatened, by their equally powerful fascination with acting and performance. She explores a diverse range of materials: plays, novels, drama and theater criticism, newspaper reviews and columns, theatrical memoirs, private diaries and letters, cartoons, political pamphlets, and satires. Throughout, Voskuil charts the mid-Victorian heyday of these beliefs and their late-Victorian transformations in a variety of cultural practices and controversies, among them the conduct of audiences at sensation theater in the 1860s, political debates over the Eastern Question in the 1870s, and the cult of personality that shaped the popularity of the stage actors Henry Irving and Ellen Terry in the late 1880s. By demonstrating that Britons were perceived or enjoined to "act naturally" in such cases, this pathbreaking book not only offers an innovative interpretation of Victorian culture but also challenges what has become a theoretical commonplace: the unreflective use of postmodern theatricality to explain earlier cultures and literatures. Precisely by analyzing central issues in the historical context of the nineteenth century, Acting Naturally reconceives widely used theoretical models that have influenced literary, performance, and cultural studies more broadly in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Voskuil, Lynn M
Dewey number
306.4/84/094109034
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DA533
LC item number
.V67 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Victorian literature and culture series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National characteristics, British
  • Performing arts
  • Acting
  • Theater and society
  • English literature
  • Sincerity in literature
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
Acting naturally : Victorian theatricality and authenticity, Lynn M. Voskuil
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Spectators of ourselves" : theatricality and self-knowledge -- Feeling public : sensation theater, commodity culture, and the Victorian public sphere -- National theaters : Daniel Deronda and the theatricality of nationhood -- A political masquerade : Disraeli, Victoria, and the Royal Titles Bill -- Natural celebrities : Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, and the power of personality
Control code
53075750
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 268 pages
Isbn
9780813922690
Isbn Type
(Cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003020183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Acting naturally : Victorian theatricality and authenticity, Lynn M. Voskuil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Spectators of ourselves" : theatricality and self-knowledge -- Feeling public : sensation theater, commodity culture, and the Victorian public sphere -- National theaters : Daniel Deronda and the theatricality of nationhood -- A political masquerade : Disraeli, Victoria, and the Royal Titles Bill -- Natural celebrities : Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, and the power of personality
Control code
53075750
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 268 pages
Isbn
9780813922690
Isbn Type
(Cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003020183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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