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The Orient on the Victorian Stage
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  • 20 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 246 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792/.0941/09034
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PN2594 .Z58 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Theater--Great Britain--History--19th century
    • English drama--19th century--History and criticism
    • Orientalism in literature

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521818292 | ISBN-10: 052181829X)

The Orient on the Victorian Stage examines the representation of the Middle East in a variety of nineteenth-century entertainment forms, such as panoramas, melodrama, pantomime, ballet and opera. Ziter argues that changes in stage craft reflected the emerging idea that the significance of objects was evident in contextual relations, and relates the development of this stage craft to orientalist exhibitions and museum displays. Unlike other theatre histories and studies of orientalism, this book examines broader strategies of spatial representation and focuses on performance and popular culture. Ziter explores the plays and productions at a number of venues, including Drury Lane, Covent Garden, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, and the British Museum, among others. The book also includes an analysis of Byron's image in the theatre and an analysis of his play Sardanapalus.

• Explores the influence of the Middle East and Asia on nineteenth-century theatre • Examines a wide range of performance genres including opera, theatre, ballet, exhibitions, melodrama, and even museum displays • Includes valuable and informative illustrations


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'real sets', geography, and race; 1. Spectacle and surveillance in orientalist panoramas; 2. Fantasies of miscegenation on the romantic stage; 3. The built-out East of popular ethnography; 4. The biblical East in theatres and exhibitions; 5. The geography of Imperial theatre; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

Prize Winner

Joe Callaway Prize - Honarbly Mentioned

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