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Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theater

Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theater

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Pages: 753
ISBN: 0525953612
Language: English

In eighteenth-century England, actresses were frequently dismissed as mere prostitutes trading on their sexual power rather than their talents. Yet they were, Felicity Nussbaum argues, central to the success of a newly commercial theater. Urban, recently moneyed, and thoroughly engaged with their audiences, celebrated actresses were among the first women to achieve social








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