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Carrying all before her : celebrity pregnancy and the London stage, 1689-1800

Title
Carrying all before her : celebrity pregnancy and the London stage, 1689-1800 / by Chelsea Phillips.
ISBN
9781644532485
1644532484
9781644532492
1644532492
9781644532508
9781644532515
Publication
Newark : University of Delaware Press, [2022]
Physical Description
xiv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary
"The rise of celebrity stage actresses in the long eighteenth century created a class of women who worked in the public sphere while facing considerable scrutiny about their offstage lives. Such powerful celebrity women used the cultural and affective significance of their reproductive bodies to leverage audience support and interest to advance their careers, and eighteenth-century London patent theatres even capitalized on their pregnancies. Carrying All Before Her uses the reproductive histories of six celebrity women (Susanna Mountfort Verbruggen, Anne Oldfield, Susannah Cibber, George Anne Bellamy, Sarah Siddons, and Dorothy Jordan) to demonstrate that pregnancy affected celebrity identity, impacted audience reception and interpretation of performance, changed company repertory and altered company hierarchy, influenced the development and performance of new plays, and had substantial economic consequences for both women and the companies for which they worked. Deepening the fields of celebrity, theatre, and women's studies, as well as social and medical histories, Phillips reveals an untapped history whose relevance and impact persist today"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 17, 2022
Series
Performing celebrity.
Performing celebrity
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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