Actresses as Working Women: Their Social Identity in Victorian England

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In Victorian society performers were drawn from varying class backgrounds, and enjoyed a unique degree of social mobility. Nevertheless the living and working conditions of female performers were very different from those of their male colleagues. Their segregation and concentration in low-status jobs, like dancing, guaranteed economic insecurity. Their attempts to reconcile sexuality and the female life cycle to a physically demanding, itinerant occupation under constant public scrutiny led to assumptions about actresses' ...

Actresses as Working Women: Their Social Identity in Victorian England 1991, Routledge, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780415063531

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