Introducing Charlotte Charke: Actress, Author, Enigma

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Philip Edward Baruth
University of Illinois Press, 1998 - Počet stran: 250
The notorious troublemaker Charlotte Charke worked as a novelist, autobiographer, and strolling actress. But it was as a cross-dresser -- both on stage and off -- that she scandalized eighteenth-century England. Known as Mr. Charles Brown, she lived openly with another woman for nearly a decade.Charke, daughter of Colley Cibber, the English playwright and poet laureate (1740), lived a life of masquerade. Her autobiography is a fascinating document of low- and middle-class life in the 1700s and is explored in some detail by Philip E. Baruth. Other contributors to this collection look at Charke, her famous family, and her place within stage and cross-dressing traditions. Felicity A. Nussbaum provides a thought-provoking afterword on the current state of Charke criticism.

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Introduction
8
Discovering Charlotte Charke
8
Who Is Charlotte Charke?
9
Charke the Self and the Cibber Family
63
Charlotte Charke and the Cibbers Private Life as Public Spectacle
65
The Transgressive Daughter and the Masquerade of SelfRepresentation
83
The Guilty Pleasures of Female Theatrical CrossDressing and the Autobiography of Charlotte Charke
107
Recontextualizing Charke New Approaches
135
Charlotte Charke Images and Afterimages
137
Teaching Charlotte Charke Feminism Pedagogy and the Construction of the Self
162
A Masculine Turn of Mind Charlotte Charke and the Periodical Press
180
Turning to Men Genres of CrossDressing in Charkes Narrative and Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice
200
Charkes Variety of Wretchedness
227
Contributors
245
Index
247
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