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Marriage and Late-Victorian Dramatists


Part of the Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries book series (BSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mary Christian
    Pages 45-79
  3. Mary Christian
    Pages 81-102
  4. Mary Christian
    Pages 131-159
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-203

About this book


This book examines plays produced in England in the 1890s and early 1900s and the ways in which these plays responded to changing perceptions of marriage. Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and other late-Victorian dramatists challenged romanticized ideals of love and domesticity, and in the process, these authors appropriated and rewrote the genre conventions that had dominated English drama for much of the nineteenth century. In their plays, theater became a forum for debating the problems of traditional marriage and envisioning alternative forms of partnership. 

This book is written for scholars specializing in the areas of Victorian studies, dramatic literature, theater history, performance studies, and gender studies.


Marriage Metatheatre Theatre of the 1890s Victorian Ibsen Society drama Wilde Shaw Domesticity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Warner RobinsUSA

About the authors

Mary Christian is Assistant Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University, USA, where she teaches world literature and modern drama. She has contributed articles to Religion and Literature, Theatre Survey, Humanities, and SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies. She also serves as Membership Secretary for the International Shaw Society. 

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