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Author Straumann, Barbara, author

Title Female Performers in British and American Fiction / Barbara Straumann
Published Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2018]
©2018
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Description 1 online resource (313 pages)
Series Buchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Series ; 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
Notes In English
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Subject American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Women entertainers -- Great Britain
Women entertainers -- United States
American fiction -- Women authors.
American fiction.
English fiction -- Women authors.
English fiction.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- General.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Women and literature.
Women entertainers.
United Kingdom.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110561050 (electronic bk.)
9783110561050 (electronic bk.)