Miranda Kiek (KCL) - 2014-15 Students

Writing Actresses in Eighteenth-Century British and Irish Theatre

While there has been an increasing amount of scholarly attention paid to women intellectuals at the end of the late 18th and early 19thC, this has focused in large part on bluestockings and on dissenting women writers. My doctoral research assesses the extent to which actresses – women who reached a broad, socially diverse audience – also offered a model of female intellectual and political authority, and in so doing brings a new dimension to this field of study. I am currently researching theatrical phenomenon, Dorothy Jordan –as author, authority and politico – during the turbulent early 1790s.

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