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Reading List - Nineteenth Century Melodrama

Scanned Readings:

black-eyed_susan.pdf

frankenstein.pdf

the_colleen_bawn.pdf

the_factory_lad.pdf

Melodrama on and off the stage

 broadview_trilby_intro.docx

broadview_trilby_text.docx

east_lynne.pdf

lady_audleys_secret.pdf

helpless_and_unfriended.pdf

the_bells.pdf

 

As many of the primary texts are no longer in print copies will be made available, as appropriate, in advance of classes through the School.

Primary Texts

Thomas Holcroft, A Tale of Mystery in Stephen Wischusen, ed., The Hour of One: Six Gothic Melodramas (London: Gordon Fraser Gallery, 1975); Google Books on-line

M. G. Lewis, The Castle Spectre in Stephen Wischusen, ed., The Hour of One: Six Gothic Melodramas (London: Gordon Fraser Gallery, 1975); in Jeffrey Cox, ed, Seven Gothic Dramas, 1789-1825 (Athens: Ohio Univrsity Press, 1992); Google Books on-line; The Victorian Play Project, Worcester University http://victorian.worc.ac.uk/modx/

H. Milner, Frankenstein in Stephen Wischusen, ed., The Hour of One: Six Gothic Melodramas (London: Gordon Fraser Gallery, 1975); The Victorian Play Project, Worcester University http://victorian.worc.ac.uk/modx/

R. B. Peake, Presumption or the Fate of Frankenstein in Jeffrey Cox, ed, Seven Gothic Dramas, 1789-1825 (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992)

Douglas Jerrold, Black Ey’d Susan in George Rowell ed., Nineteenth Century Plays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972); in M. R. Booth, ed., English Plays of the Nineteenth Century I 1800-1850 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969); Google Books on-line – The Writings of Douglas Jerrold, volume 8

John Walker, The Factory Lad in James L. Smith, ed., Victorian Melodramas: Seven English, French and American Melodrama (London: J. M. Dent, 1976); in M. R. Booth, ed., English Plays of the Nineteenth Century I 1800-1850 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969)

T. P. Taylor, The Bottle, The Victorian Play Project, Worcester University http://victorian.worc.ac.uk/modx/

Dion Boucicault, The Colleen Bawn in George Rowell ed., Nineteenth Century Plays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972)
Colin Hazlewood, Lady Audley’s Secret in George Rowell ed., Nineteenth Century Plays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972)

Mrs Henry Wood, East Lynne (photocopy of play)
Extracts from Mary Elizabeth Braddon Lady Audley’s Secret and Mrs Henry Wood, East Lynne

Leopold Lewes, The Bells in George Rowell ed., Nineteenth Century Plays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972)

Paul Potter, Trilby in George Taylor, i (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996); module website

Secondary Reading

Elaine Ashton & Ian, ‘The Dangerous Woman of Melvillean Melodrama’ New Theatre Quarterly XII:45 (February, 1996)
Clive Barker, ‘The Audiences of the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton’, Theatre Quarterly IX:34 (Summer 1979)
Michael Booth, English Melodrama (London: Herbert Jenkins, 1975)
Michael Booth, Theatre in the Victorian Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)
Michael Booth, Victorian Spectacular Theatre 1850-1910 (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981)
David Bradby, Louis James & Bernard Sharrattt, eds., Performance and Politics in Popular Drama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980)
Jacky Bratton, Jim Cook, Christine Gledhill, eds., Melodrama: Stage, Picture, Screen (London: British Film Institute, 1994)
J. S. Bratton et al., Acts of Supremacy: The British Empire and the Stage, 1790-1930 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991)
Peter Brooks, The Melodramatic Imagination (New York: Columbia University Press, 1985)
Jim Davis, ‘British Bravery or Tars Triumphant’, New Theatre Quarterly 4:14, May 1988
Jim Davis, ‘The Gospel of Rags: Melodrama at the Britannia 1863-74’, New Theatre Quarterly 7:28 (Nov 1991)
Jim Davis & Victory Emeljanow, Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing 1840-1880 (Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2001)
Joseph Donohue, ed., The Cambridge History of British Theatre Volume 2 1660-1890 (Oxford: Oxford University Press,
Robin Estill, ‘The Factory Lad: Melodrama as Propaganda’, Theatre Quarterly I:4, Oct-Dec 1971
Elaine Hadley, Melodramatic Tactics: Theatricalized Dissent in the English Marketplace, 1800-1885 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995)
Michael Hays & Anastasia Nikolopoulou, eds., Melodrama: The Cultural Emergence of a Genre (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996)
Winifred Hughes, The Maniac in the Cellar: Sensation Novels of the 1860s (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980)
Russell Jackson, Victorian Theatre (London: A & C. Black, 1989)
Bruce McConachie, Melodramatic Formations: American Theatre and Society 1820-1870 (Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 1992)
David Mayer, Henry Irving and The Bells (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1980)
Martin Meisel, Realizations: Narrative, Pictorial and Theatrical Arts in Nineteenth Century England (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983)
Kerry Powell, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

James Redmond, ed., Themes in Drama 14: Melodrama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)
Frank Rahill, The World of Melodrama (University Park: Pennsylvania State University, 1967)
Paul Ranger, ‘Terror and Pity reign in every Breast’: Gothic Drama in the London Patent Theatres, 1750-1820 (London: Society for Theatre Research, 1991

Ben Singer, Melodrama and Modernity: Eartly Sensational; Cinema and its Contexts (New York: Columbia University, 2001)

George Taylor, Players and Performances in the Victorian Theatre (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989)

Melodrama and other Anthologies

Michael Booth, ed., Hiss the Villain: Six English and American Melodramas (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1964)
George Rowell ed., Nineteenth Century Plays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972)
James L. Smith, ed., Victorian Melodramas: Seven English, French and American Melodrama (London: J. M. Dent, 1976)
Stephen Wischusen, ed., The Hour of One: Six Gothic Melodramas (London: Gordon Fraser Gallery, 1975)