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The Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian Stage

Richards, Jeffrey (2009) The Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian Stage. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230229365

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Abstract

This is the first systematic study of the depictions of the Ancient world on the Victorian and Edwardian stage. It sets out to discover the extent of popular knowledge and understanding of the Ancient World as mediated through the stage. To this end, it analyses plays set in and dramatizing the history of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Babylon and the Holy Land. In so doing, it seeks to locate theatre within the wider culture, tracing its links and interaction with literature, painting, history, religion and archaeology. The plays studied range from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Coriolanus to spectacular stage melodramas such as Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis and Sign of the Cross, while the actors featured include Sir Henry Irving, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Lillie Langtry.

Item Type: Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 54876
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2012 11:08
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2013 16:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54876

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