Victorian Women and the Theatre of Trance

Victorian Women and the Theatre of Trance

Mediums, Spiritualists and Mesmerists in Performance

eBook - 2009
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Spiritualists in the nineteenth century spoke of the ""Borderland,"" a shadowy threshold where the living communed with the dead, and where those in the material realm could receive comfort or advice from another world. The skilled performances of mostly female actors and performers made the ""Borderland"" a theatre, of sorts, in which dramas of revelation and recognition were produced in the forms of seances, trances, and spiritualist lectures. This book examines some of the most fascinating American and British actresses of the Victorian era, whose performances fairly mesmerized their audien.
Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2009.
ISBN: 9780786454716
0786454717
Characteristics: 1 online resource (213 p.)
Contents: 14. Materialization, Ectoplasm and RealismEpilogue; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index
Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Victorian Theatre and Theatricality in Victorian Culture; 2. The Victorian Woman as Actress and the Roles She Played; 3. Mesmer and Charcot; 4. The Performances of Elizabeth O'Key; 5. "Double Consciousness" in Acting Theory and Trance State; 6. "Call Me Gypsy"; 7. The Rise of Spiritualism and the Fox Sisters; 8. Séance as Theatre; 9. Spirit Travels to Distant Times and Places; 10. Cora L. V. Richmond; 11. The Performance of "Ouina" and the Racial "Other"; 12. Spiritualism Crosses Over to England; 13. "Katie King" and Robert Dale Owen
Summary: Spiritualists in the nineteenth century spoke of the ""Borderland,"" a shadowy threshold where the living communed with the dead, and where those in the material realm could receive comfort or advice from another world. The skilled performances of mostly female actors and performers made the ""Borderland"" a theatre, of sorts, in which dramas of revelation and recognition were produced in the forms of seances, trances, and spiritualist lectures. This book examines some of the most fascinating American and British actresses of the Victorian era, whose performances fairly mesmerized their audien.

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