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Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London

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Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London by Gillian Russell
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Mid-eighteenth-century London witnessed a major expansion in public culture as a result of a rapidly commercialising society. Of the many sites of entertainment, the most celebrated (and often notorious) were the Carlisle House club, the Pantheon, and the Ladies Club or Coterie. In this major study of these institutions and the fashionable sociability they epitomised, Gillian Russell examines how they transformed metropolitan cultural life. Associated with lavish masquerades, excesses of fashion, such as elaborate hairstyles, and scandalous intrigues, these venues suggested a feminisation of public life which was profoundly threatening, not least to the theatre of the period. In this highly illustrated and original contribution to the cultural history of the eighteenth century, Russell reveals fresh perspectives on the theatre and on canonical plays such as The School for Scandal, as well as suggesting a prehistory for British Romanticism.

Author Biography

Gillian Russell is Reader in English at Australian National University.
Release date NZ
June 1st, 2007
Contributors
Series edited by James Chandler Series edited by Marilyn Butler
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
308
Dimensions
152x228x25
ISBN-13
9780521867320
Product ID
1830343

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