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Author Straumann, Barbara, author.

Title Female Performers in British and American Fiction / Barbara Straumann.

Publication Info. Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2018]

Item Status

Description 1 online resource (313 pages)
text file PDF
Series Buchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Ser. ; 58
Buchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Ser. ; 58.
Contents Frontmatter -- Acknowledgments -- Contents -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Corinne and Her Aftereffects on the British Stage -- 3. Visionary Preaching in Britain and America -- 4. American Political Speakers -- 5. Acting Anxieties -- 6. Fin-de-Siècle Ventriloquism and Modernist Self-Authorship -- 7. Conclusion -- Illustration Credits -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary The female performer with a public voice constitutes a remarkably vibrant theme in British and American narratives of the long nineteenth century. The tension between fictional female performers and other textual voices can be seen to refigure the cultural debate over the 'voice' of women in aesthetically complex ways. By focusing on singers, actresses, preachers and speakers, this book traces and explores an important tradition of feminine articulation. Drawing on critical approaches in literary studies, gender studies and philosophy, the book conceptualizes voice for the discussion of narrative texts. Examining voice both as a thematic concern and as an aesthetic effect, the individual chapters analyse how the actual articulation by female performers correlates with their cultural visibility and agency. What this study foregrounds is how women characters succeed in making themselves heard even if their voices are silenced in the end.
Language In English.
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Subject Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Women entertainers -- United States.
Women entertainers -- Great Britain.
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: 9783110558661
Print version: 9783110558425
ISBN 9783110561050 (electronic bk.)
3110561050 (electronic bk.)
3110558424 (Trade Cloth)
Standard No. 10.1515/9783110561043