The Theatre of Shelley - cover image

Copyright

Jacqueline Mulhallen

Published On

2010-12-01

ISBN

Paperback978-1-906924-30-0
Hardback978-1-906924-31-7
PDF978-1-906924-32-4
HTML978-1-80064-438-0

Language

  • English

Print Length

310 pages (xvii + 292)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 16 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.65" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 19 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.75" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback960g (33.86oz)
Hardback1344g (47.41oz)

Media

Illustrations21
Tables2

OCLC Number

847609650

LCCN

2019452799

BIC

  • DSG
  • DSBF

BISAC

  • LIT004120
  • LIT004180
  • LIT013000

LCC

  • PR5438

Keywords

  • Theatre
  • Romanticism
  • literature
  • Romantic poetry
  • drama
  • theatre history
  • Romantic culture
  • nineteenth century
  • Mary Shelley
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Lord Byron
  • Cenci
  • Prometheus Unbound
  • Georgian theatre
  • acting
  • actors
  • Shelley's plays
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The Theatre of Shelley

  • Jacqueline Mulhallen (author)

This is the first full-length study of Shelley’s plays in performance. It offers a rich, meticulously researched history of Shelley’s role as a playwright and dramatist and a reassessment of his "closet dramas" as performable pieces of theatre. With chapters on each of Shelley’s dramatic works, the book provides a thorough discussion of the poet’s stagecraft, and analyses performances of his plays from the Georgian period to today. In addition, Mulhallen offers details of the productions Shelley saw in England and Italy, many not identified before, as well as a vivid account of the actors and personalities that constituted the theatrical scene of his time. Her research reveals Shelley as an extraordinarily talented playwright, whose fascination with contemporary theatrical theory and practice seriously challenges the notion that he was a reluctant dramatist. Prof. Stephen Behrendt (Nebraska) has described the book as "wonderfully convincing" and "something wholly new in Shelley studies", while Prof. Tim Webb (Bristol) describes Mulhallen as having a "more precisely developed sense of the theatrical possibilities of Shelley's work than almost anybody who has written about Shelley". The Theatre of Shelley is essential reading for anyone interested in Romanticism, nineteenth-century culture and the history of theatre.

Reviews

It [Mulhallen's study] succeeds as an extensive study of Shelley's works in the context of the contemporary theatre.

Paige Tovey

"Jacqueline Mulhallen, The Theatre of Shelley". Romanticism (1354-991x), vol. 19, no. 1, 2013. doi:10.3366/rom.2013.0121

Full Review

Additional Resources

A collection of images showing contemporary theatre scenes is listed below.


Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Theatrical Context: The Georgian Theatre in England

2. Shelley’s Theatregoing, Playreading and Criticism

3. Practical Technique: The Cenci

4. Turning History into Art: Charles the First

5. Ideal Drama: Prometheus Unbound

6. Drama for a Purpose: Hellas & Fragments of an Unfinished Drama

7. Satirical Comedy: Swellfoot the Tyrant

Conclusion

Appendix I: List of Performances Seen by Shelley

Appendix II: The Programme of Songs with the Performance of Douglas

Select Bibliography

Index