On teaching A Bold Stroke for a Husband and other comedies by romantic women playwrights

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Abstract

This essay delineates five theoretical approaches and several pedagogical strategies for teaching Hannah Cowley's comedy A Bold Stroke For A Husband (1783) as well as other comedies by the period's women playwrights, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The essay considers the play's Spanish setting as politicized and feminized space. It discusses performance and performative aspects of the play, such as Mary Robinson as Victoria and the implications of cross-dressing, disguise, masquerade, and play-acting. The tropes of science and medicine appear dominantly in Cowley's comedy, and the essay looks specifically at how "madness" is represented in the context of Georgian medical concepts about its emergent sex/gender system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-360
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Romantic Review
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

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