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Church and Stage: The Theatre as Target of Religious Condemnation in Nineteenth Century America

ISBN: 9780786430802

Contributors: Johnson, Claudia Durst (Author)

Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2007

Binding: Paperback (Readerbound Available)

Retail: $39.95

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Throughout 19th century America, religious officials often condemned the dramatic theatre as an inversion of the house of God, similar to the church in architectural structure and organization but wholly different in purpose and values. This book explores the many ways in which religious institutions have had a profound effect on the development of American theatre. The author analyzes the churchs critical view toward common theatre practices, including the use of female and child performers and the inherently uncontrollable nature of the stage.

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