Sensation Drama, 1860-1880

Sensation Drama, 1860-1880

By Joanna Hofer-Robinson



Features previously unpublished material alongside famous plays   This pioneering edition provides access to some of the most popular plays of the nineteenth century. Characterised by exhilarating plots, large-scale special effects and often transgressive characterisation, these dramas are still exciting for modern readers. This anthology lays the foundation for further scholarly work on sensation drama and focuses public attention on to this influential and immensely popular genre. It features five plays from writers including Dion Boucicault and Mary Elizabeth Braddon. These are supported by a substantial critical apparatus, which adds further value to the anthology by providing rich details on performance history and textual variants. The critical introduction situates the genre in its cultural context and argues for the significance of sensation drama to shifting theatrical cultures and practices. Key Features Provides detailed critical apparatus to facilitate the study of neglected plays, including performance history, notes and recommended further reading Widens the critical conversation on sensation drama by drawing attention to the work of female playwrights Reprints obscure works by popular authors and shows their involvement with both literary and theatrical cultures

ISBN: 9781474439541


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