Early eighteenth-century performance historiography: Problems and possibilities

Brooks, Helen E.M. (2011) Early eighteenth-century performance historiography: Problems and possibilities. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 31 (1). pp. 33-45. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1386/stap.31.1.33_1) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)


This article was first presented as a paper to the History and Historiography Working Group of the Theatre and Performance Research Association in 2009. It responds to a discussion of the archive and repertoire (Taylor 2003) by considering how these ideas might be applied to scholarship on early eighteenth-century performance. In the first part, the article considers the ways in which a focus upon a particular body of archival evidence, the dramatic text, has shaped scholarship in the field. In the second part, the article suggests ways in which a renewed awareness of the repertoire, of embodied performance, might open up new directions in scholarship on the early eighteenth-century actress, as well as challenging prevailing discourses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: She-tragedy, performance history, actresses, eighteenth-century drama
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Helen Brooks
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 08:28 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 09:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29667 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Brooks, Helen E.M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2650-0524
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