Women, Performance and the Material of Memory

The Archival Tourist, 1780–1915

Authors: Engel, Laura

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  • Engages strategies for considering archival materials through the lens of performance
  • Argues that the performance of archival research is related to the experience of tourism, where an individual immerses herself in a foreign environment, relating to and analyzing visual and sensory materials through embodiment and enactment
  • Proposes interdisciplinary connections between the study of literature, theatre, theatre history, art history, performance, gender, and material culture from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries
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This book proposes that the performance of archival research is related to the experience of tourism, where an individual immerses herself in a foreign environment, relating to and analyzing visual and sensory materials through embodiment and enactment. Each chapter highlights a particular set of tangible objects including: pocket diaries, portraits, drawings, magic lanterns, silhouettes, waxworks, and photographs in relation to actresses, authors, and artists such as: Elizabeth Inchbald, Sally Siddons, Marguerite Gardiner the Countess of Blessington, Isabella Beetham, Jane Read, Madame Tussaud, and Amelia M. Watson. Ultimately, operating as an archival tourist in my analyses, I offer strategies for thinking about the presence of women artists in the archives through methodologies that seek to connect materials from the past with our representations of them in the present.

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Laura Engel is a Professor in the English Department at Duquesne University, where she specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and theater. She is the author of Austen, Actresses, and Accessories: Much Ado about Muffs (Palgrave Pivot, 2015), Fashioning Celebrity: Eighteenth-Century British Actresses and Strategies for Image Making (2011), and co-editor with Elaine McGirr of Stage Mothers: Women, Work, and the Theater, 1660-1830 (2014).

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women, Performance and the Material of Memory
Book Subtitle
The Archival Tourist, 1780–1915
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58932-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58932-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58931-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 169
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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