The Orient on the Victorian Stage

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 3, 2007 - Drama - 248 pages
Edward Ziter explores the impact of the Middle East and the "Orient", (as it was known), on writing and performance in nineteenth-century British theater and how these portrayals influenced public perception of the region. British audiences marvelled at depictions of desert storms and harem dances as well as scenes of the Nile and colonial armies throughout the nineteenth century. Ziter extends his study from the Romantic through to the late-Victorian period, including taking in melodrama, pantomime, ballet, and opera, as well as museum displays and exhibitions.

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About the author (2007)

Edward Ziter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University. He has published articles in Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal and The Wordsworth Circle and in two anthologies, Land/Scape/Theatre: Views of the 20th Century and Living Displays. He has co-edited the reviews section of Theatre Journal.

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