The casting and fate of "older" women in nineteenth-century American plays

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Title: The casting and fate of "older" women in nineteenth-century American plays
Author: Holland, Dorothy J
Abstract: In this study I apply feminist theory and age theory to the analyze the representations of older women in nineteenth-century American plays. Reading the play scripts against contemporary sources drawn from medical treatises, advice manuals, literature, lithographs, newspapers, diaries and letters, I suggest that the convergence of sexism and ageism evident in the plays reflects an ongoing attempt to regulate female sexuality and to stabilize gender/power relations in the rapidly changing social world of mid-nineteenth-century America---a time when women's demands for legal, economic, educational, and sexual rights were beginning to gain ground.
Description: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 1999
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/10213

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