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John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre
 
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John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre
 
 
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21 Apr 2010
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This is the first book to explore the involvement of John Ruskin, important Victorian thinker, with the popular theatre of his time. Based on original archival research, this book offers a fresh look at the aesthetic and social theories of Ruskin, 'the sage of Brantwood,' and his direct and indirect influence on the commercial theatre of the late nineteenth century. As well as his writings, Ruskin's friendships with major Victorian actors such as Henry Irving, Wilson Barrett, Madge Kendal, and Mary Anderson are explored, casting new light on the importance of the theatre in our understanding of Victorian culture. John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre also offers original scholarship on the popular genres of pantomime, melodrama, and the 'toga play' by two of the leading scholars in the field of Victorian theatre history, with an emphasis on the popular stage as a meeting place for all the arts: music, painting, sculpture and performance.


Description

This is the first book to explore the involvement of John Ruskin, important Victorian thinker, with the popular theatre of his time. Based on original archival research, this book offers a fresh look at the aesthetic and social theories of Ruskin, 'the sage of Brantwood,' and his direct and indirect influence on the commercial theatre of the late nineteenth century. As well as his writings, Ruskin's friendships with major Victorian actors such as Henry Irving, Wilson Barrett, Madge Kendal, and Mary Anderson are explored, casting new light on the importance of the theatre in our understanding of Victorian culture. John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre also offers original scholarship on the popular genres of pantomime, melodrama, and the 'toga play' by two of the leading scholars in the field of Victorian theatre history, with an emphasis on the popular stage as a meeting place for all the arts: music, painting, sculpture and performance.


Reviews

"This is an exhaustive treatment of a subject most students of Victorian culture probably know little about...Recommended." - Choice


Contents

Acknowledgements
Illustrations
John Ruskin at the Theatre
Ruskinian Influences
E.W. Godwin and Ruskinian Aesthetics
Toga Plays
Melodrama
Pantomime
Ruskinian Shakespeare
Stage Beauty
Index


Authors

KATHERINE NEWEY is Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has published widely on nineteenth-century theatre with a particular interest in women's writing, including Women's Theatre Writing in Victorian Britain. She is editor of the journal Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 

JEFFREY RICHARDS is Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University, UK, and has published widely on different aspects of Victorian culture. His most recent publications include Imperialism and Music, Sir Henry Irving: A Victorian Actor and his WorldHollywood's Ancient Worlds and The Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian Stage.