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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 wereSpiritualists 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 audiences of amused skeptics and ardent believers. It also focuses on the transformative possibilities of the spiritualist theatre, revealing how the performances allowed Victorian women to speak, act, and create outside the boundaries of their restricted social and psychological roles....

Title : Victorian Women and the Theatre of Trance: Mediums, Spiritualists and Mesmerists in Performance
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ISBN : 9780786434794
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 202 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Victorian Women and the Theatre of Trance: Mediums, Spiritualists and Mesmerists in Performance Reviews

  • Barbara
    2019-04-04 01:40

    I found this book to be highly educational and well researched. It covers a neglected area of theater history with a focus on the female performer. I am always searching for new books that cover little known details of dramatic history and theory. I would highly recommend this book to those that share this interest.