Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Whipday
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Charles Dickens is not usually remembered as a dramatist; in fact, the contemporary success of his subsequently neglected dramatic writing is predicated on the absence of the authorial persona that we now consider ‘Dickensian’. Drawing on findings from a practice-led research project, which staged Dickens’s burletta Is She His Wife? or, Something Singular!, this article examines what performing this play can tell us about Dickensian dramaturgy and nineteenth-century theatrical culture. Interrogating the role of practice-led research in the study of nineteenth-century drama, we suggest that this methodology allows contemporary scholars to look beyond Dickens’s contemporary significance as a canonised literary and heritage figure. Our historically informed production illuminates the ways in which Dickens used material properties, music, and performance strategies to stage-manage his own disappearing act as a playwright.
Author(s): Cox Jensen O, Robinson J, Whipday E
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
Print publication date: 01/11/2016
Online publication date: 16/05/2017
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
Date deposited: 27/11/2018
ISSN (print): 1748-3727
ISSN (electronic): 2048-2906
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
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