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Florence Marryat, Theatricality and Performativity

Palmer, BL (2009) Florence Marryat, Theatricality and Performativity 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 8 (April). 1 - 19. ISSN 1755-1560

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Abstract

This article seeks to explore Victorian and modern ideas of theatricality and performativity by examining the work of the novelist, actor, singer, lecturer and magazine-editor Florence Marryat (1833–1899). Unlike her fellow sensation novelists, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Ellen Wood, Marryat’s work has only recently begun to be recovered for critical attention. As an under read but prolific writer who balanced several careers at once, Marryat might stand for dozens of women working in nineteenth-century popular culture; however, her fiction specifically and repeatedly connects with issues of theatricality and performance – issues in which she was thoroughly invested. I argue that Marryat’s fiction and her self-constructions offer us ways of realising the complexity of ideas about authenticity, theatricality and performance operating within the realm of popular culture and sensational fiction in the nineteenth century.

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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 15:02
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:16
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/265935

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