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Josephine M. Guy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408912

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408912.001.0001

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When a Bestselling Author and a West End Actress Made a Spiritualist Performance: Collaboration, Networks and Theatre at the Fin de Siècle

When a Bestselling Author and a West End Actress Made a Spiritualist Performance: Collaboration, Networks and Theatre at the Fin de Siècle

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(p.301) 16 When a Bestselling Author and a West End Actress Made a Spiritualist Performance: Collaboration, Networks and Theatre at the Fin de Siècle
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The Edinburgh Companion to Fin de Siècle Literature, Culture and the Arts
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Catherine Hindson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408912.003.0017

This chapter offers a detailed reconstruction of the performance of a piece of avant-garde drama to highlights the prominent role of women in theatrical culture at the time, as both dramatists and actresses, and the professional opportunities that were then opening for them. It also shows the importance of a growing celebrity culture, and the complexity of the interactions between theatre, politics, religion, gender and theatrical production. It shows that even avant-garde theatre, concerned with such archetypal fin-de-siècle concerns as the occult and mysticism, were still deeply implicated in, and made possible by, a growing leisure industry.

Keywords:   Avant-garde theatre, Actresses, Women dramatists, Occult, Mysticism, Celebrity culture, Leisure industry

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