The Visual Life of Romantic Theater, 1780-1830 (Hardcover)
Diane Piccitto is Associate Professor of English at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Terry F. Robinson is Associate Professor of English and Drama at the University of Toronto.
“Reading this collection was a rare pleasure. Each of these wonderful essays models, often self-consciously, the challenges and rewards that engagement with this archive brings. Rather than rehearse ‘the same anecdote of irretrievable loss’, to borrow Joseph Roach’s characterization of much theater history, the contributors to this collection find thrilling epistemological potential in thinking anew about various theatrical media (newspapers, watercolors, playtexts, engravings, diaries, caricatures, playbills, set designs, toy theaters) less as records of performance than as themselves a still-live repertoire.”
— David Francis Taylor, Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford
“The volume’s thesis, that a substantive investigation of spectacle and the visual elements of Romantic theatre force us to reconsider the primarily textual theses that govern the idea of Romanticism, is both timely and needed. Its transdisciplinary approach, rooted jointly in performance studies and theatre history, promises to reassess the oft-denigrated 6th category of Aristotelian dramatic analysis and unpack spectacle’s aesthetic, political, and cultural significance, both on and off the stage. These are the most important voices in later-eighteenth-century and Romantic theatre studies, and to have them assembled promises readers that this will not just be a collection but a field-defining conversation.”
— Misty G. Anderson, James R. Cox Professor of English, University of Tennessee
“A field-shaping collection of essays that unveil the lost delights of Romantic-era theatre culture: playbill typography, costume trimming, souvenir fans, toy theatres, stage makeup, mimodrama, and scene maquettes. Through their wide-ranging analyses, the contributors reanimate the stage productions that thrilled Romantic theatre-goers.”
— Judith Pascoe, George Mills Harper Professor of English, Florida State University