Adventures in nineteenth century gender bending: Lady Emilia Don in Tasmania: 1862 and 1865

Anae, Nicole (2006) Adventures in nineteenth century gender bending: Lady Emilia Don in Tasmania: 1862 and 1865. Australasian Drama Studies, 48. pp. 30-48. ISSN 0810-4123

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Abstract

Many leading ladies of the nineteenth century stage have attracted significant biographical attention from scholars in the field of theatre history. Lady Emilia Don, however, remains largely forgotten, even though evidence of her Australian tours suggest she was a highly acclaimed figure of the stage during the 1860s. Her two visits; first with her husband in 1861, and then again as “name” star in 1864, were widely publicised for a variety of reasons, and examining her Tasmanian publicity in 1862 and 1865 offers a valuable point of entry when analysing the reasons behind this fascination. A number of important events occurred in the State that coloured perceptions of Emilia as a public figure, and these in turn, influenced her engagement with colonial audiences and her relevance to community culture. It is the aim of this article to shed new light on Emilia’s significance by examining why aspects of her tours were reported b Tasmanian media men in such sharp detail. Revisiting the content of these colonial artifacts offers a rare glimpse into the professional life of one of the most popular visiting actresses of the 1860s, as well as addressing a longstanding gap in scholarship acknowledging Emilia’s remarkable performances of gender.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright on all articles appearing in Australasian Drama Studies rests with the author.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tasmania, Tasmanian, actresses, Emilia Don
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1304

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