Not Mere Beauties: Women on the Restoration Stage

Elaine McGirr

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Demonstrates how early actresses shaped the development of English drama by providing new bodies, new voices, and new verisimilitude to performance. Case studies of Nell Gwyn, Anne Oldfield and Susannah Cibber map onto literary histories of Restoration comedy, comedies of (fine) manners, and she-tragedy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEighteenth Century Drama
Subtitle of host publicationCensorship, Society and the Stage
PublisherAdam Matthew
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • theatre history
  • feminism

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