Introducing Charlotte Charke

Introducing Charlotte Charke

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The notorious troublemaker Charlotte Charke worked as a novelist, autobiographer, and strolling actress. But it was as a cross-dresser -- both on stage and off -- that she scandalized eighteenth-century England. Known as Mr. Charles Brown, she lived openly with another woman for nearly a decade.Charke, daughter of Colley Cibber, the English playwright and poet laureate (1740), lived a life of masquerade. Her autobiography is a fascinating document of low- and middle-class life in the 1700s and is explored in some detail by Philip E. Baruth. Other contributors to this collection look at Charke, her famous family, and her place within stage and cross-dressing traditions. Felicity A. Nussbaum provides a thought-provoking afterword on the current state of Charke criticism.The other essay in this section, a new piece by Jean Marsden titled aquot;Charlotte Charke and the Cibbers: Private Life as Public Spectacle, aquot; ... through aggressive self-publication into aquot;stock figures out of dramatic texts, texts staged within the confines of the personal narrative. ... It is a logical development, given the practical concern that until recently each critic writing on Charke assumed the responsibility ofanbsp;...

Title:Introducing Charlotte Charke
Author: Philip Edward Baruth
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 1998

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