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Distance, Theatre, and the Public Voice, 1750–1850

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Melynda Nuss
    Pages 1-12
  3. Melynda Nuss
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  4. Melynda Nuss
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  5. Melynda Nuss
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  6. Melynda Nuss
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  7. Melynda Nuss
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  8. Melynda Nuss
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-197

About this book


As theatres expanded in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the distance between actor and audience became a telling metaphor for the distance emerging between writers and readers. Nuss explores the ways in which theatre helped authors imagine connecting with a new mass audience.


drama Percy Bysshe Shelley stage theatre William Wordsworth

About the authors

Melynda Nuss is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas-Pan American, USA.

Bibliographic information


'In this taut little book, Nuss examines the ways that literary figures experimented with theatre forms and techniques as public theatres proliferated from the 18th into 19th century . . . This solid study will interest advanced students and scholars exploring the nexus of performance and literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.' - CHOICE