I would like to cordially invite you to our first department seminar meeting, coming up this week:
will speak on
“The Afterlife of the Georgian Theatre: Thomas Holcroft's The Road to Ruin, 1792-1913”
Wednesday, November 13th, 12:15 PM
Eshkol Tower, Conference Room, 16th Floor
In this talk I examine a particular cultural moment – the reformist engagement with the theatre in the 1790s – and its afterlife within a broader theatre history, using as a case study Thomas Holcroft’s The Road to Ruin(1792). First discussing the play and its original reception, and then tracing the history of its revival as melodrama, nostalgic comedy and later, silent film, I suggest that while the pro-French Revolution message of the play was soon forgotten, the appeal of other universal themes contributed to its surprising longevity. This reception history thus offers a new perspective on the afterlife of the Georgian theatre.
Amy Garnai teaches in the Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University and in the Department of English at the Kibbutzim College of Education. Her book Revolutionary Imaginings in the 1790s: Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, Elizabeth Inchbald was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Women's Writing, SEL, Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Review of English Studies and The Wordsworth Circle.
Please join us!
דר' קרן עמרי
Keren Omry, PhD
Lecturer, American Studies
Department of English Language & Literature
University of Haifa