Performance and Print Culture: Two Eighteenth-Century Actresses and their Image Control

Jarvis, J. (2020) Performance and Print Culture: Two Eighteenth-Century Actresses and their Image Control. In: Pen, Print and Communication in the Eighteenth Century. University of Liverpool Press, Liverpool, pp. 107-121. ISBN 9781789622300

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Abstract

The lapsing of the printing laws in 1695 led to an unprecedented development in the publishing of printed matter during the following century. By the second half of the eighteenth-century an increasing number of newspapers and periodicals fed a growing public appetite for news and comment, with particular interest in details of the private lives of public figures: politicians, the military, actors and actresses, as well as the aristocracy. The London theatres quickly understood the advertising potential of widely distributed daily publications, and thus theatrical performance and performers took regular space in these newspapers. This chapter discusses how two actresses, Sarah Siddons and Mary Robinson, both came under the spotlight of intense scrutiny from the press, and the different ways in which they attempted to mitigate its effects.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 4 August 2020
Subjects: P400 Publishing
V100 History by period
V300 History by topic
W400 Drama
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Visual Communication
Depositing User: Joanna Jarvis
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 09:45
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2020 09:45
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10545

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