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The Cambridge Companion to the Actress

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This Companion brings together sixteen new essays which examine, from various perspectives, the social and cultural role of the actress throughout history and across continents. Each essay focuses on a particular stage in her development, for example professionalism in the seventeenth century; the emergence of the actress/critic during the Romantic period and, later on, of ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press (first published February 1st 2007)
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I borrowed a copy of this from the library and read it in a day. I made so many notes from so many chapters I decided to buy myself a copy as it was such a fantastic book full of so much useful information. It was a series of essays that looked at mostly 19th and 20th century theatre, but also a couple that looked earlier. The essays addressed many different aspects of the actresses lives, professional, biographical, business, photographic, relationships with fans etc. It also covered political ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Misssharice rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Drama students, people with an interest in acting, stage and film
Recommended to Misssharice by: Found it as an e-book at work
It's not an area that I knew much about before reading this book but found it at work as an e-book, designed to be read by drama students I presume. I thought that this was interesting, especially the sections on actresses in the days before the silver screen. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in acting in general - not just to drama students.
Michelle Scharlock
Essays vary in this collection. Some are well researched, others need some reworking to say the least. All in all an interesting read.
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