Joanna Baillie's Reflections on the Passions: The "Introductory Discourse" and the Properties of Authorship.
Studies in Romanticism 2004, Fall, 43, 3
Studies in Romanticism
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IN 1800, SARAH SIDDONS PLAYED THE FEMALE LEAD, LADY JANE, IN JOANNA Baillie's new play, DeMonfort. This turn of events was no doubt gratifying to Baillie not only because of her friendship with Siddons, but because Siddons was the foremost actress of the turn-of-the-century English stage, the source of a veritable "Siddonsmania." Siddons was also the favorite of Edmund Burke, whose tearful spectatorship inspired him to write his infamously excessive idealization of Marie Antoinette in Reflections on the Revolution in France. (1) Yet, as Julie Carlson has argued, the extraordinary impact of Siddons' power, particularly her power over males in the audience, had at best equivocal effects on advancing the power of women more generally. (2) As the "incomparable" Siddons, she acted as an exception to common femininity rather than as an example for emulation. And by many accounts, her performance of Lady Jane in De Monfort was a failure. As James Boaden, one of Siddons' biographers, asserts in an often-quoted review,
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- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: 22 September 2004
- Publisher: Boston University
- Print Length: 38 Pages
- Language: English