The Resource Performance and femininity in eighteenth-century German women's writing : the impossible act, Wendy Arons

Performance and femininity in eighteenth-century German women's writing : the impossible act, Wendy Arons

Label
Performance and femininity in eighteenth-century German women's writing : the impossible act
Title
Performance and femininity in eighteenth-century German women's writing
Title remainder
the impossible act
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Arons
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Performance and Femininity, Arons examines a series of texts by eighteenth-century German women in order to illuminate how women writers of the time used theater and performance both to investigate female subjectivity and to intervene in the dominant cultural discourse of femininity. Arons's study focuses on works featuring heroines who, for the most part?like their authors?lead lives with public dimensions, primarily by working as actresses. The texts she chooses all call attention to the difficulties that the eighteenth-century conception of the self as sincere and antitheatrical presented for women. By highlighting the fact that the social audience that determines a woman's reputation is almost always a fickle and untrustworthy "reader" of female subjectivity, these works expose the untenable position into which the discourse of sincerity placed women, paradoxically requiring them to perform the very naiveť that was, by definition, not supposed to be performable. Arons's original argument takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from the fields of literary criticism, cultural studies, theatre history, and performance studies, and reveals how these women writers exposed ideal femininity as an impossible act, even as they attempted to reproduce that act in their writing and in their lives
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Cataloging source
COO
Dewey number
830.9/928709033
Index
index present
LC call number
PT167
LC item number
.A75 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Label
Performance and femininity in eighteenth-century German women's writing : the impossible act, Wendy Arons
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-261) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Sophie" and the "Theater" -- Performance as power : the history of Lady von Sternheim -- The performance of a lifetime: Karoline Schulze-Kummerfeld -- Antitheatricality and the public woman : Marianne Ehrmann's Amalie : a true story in letters -- The eye of the beholder: Elise Börger's "Aglaja" and F.H. Unger's Melanie, the Foundling -- Play's the thing: Sophie Mereau's "Marie" and "Flight to the city."
Control code
ocn191935882
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (x, 270 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781349534524
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1057/9780230600737
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303199
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b3595999x
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)191935882
  • pebcs0230600735

Library Locations

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