Women’s Contribution to Nineteenth-century American Theatre
Although critics and scholars are recovering the work of many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American writers, they usually focus on the fiction and poetry leaving the drama of that period somehow forgotten. This is especially true in the case of women writers and it can give the readers the impression that no woman was involved in the threatre until the arrival of women playwrights at the beginning of the twentieth century. This collection of essays illustrates the multiple aspects of women’s contributions to nineteenth-century American drama. They sho how varied women’s roles were and also how they helped to shape the theatre Susan Glaspell, Sophie Treadwell and many others would write for decades later.