Evelina, the Rustic Girls of Congreve and Abington, and Surrogation in the 1770s

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James E. Evans, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In the first volume of Evelina (1778), Frances Burney sends her protagonist to London theaters, among the numerous public venues that provide settings for this “Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.” Evelina attends several performances at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, supposedly at a time when it was managed by David Garrick, who was not only the leading actor of his era, but also Dr. Charles Burney’s friend. On her first evening in London, Evelina sees Garrick perform in Benjamin Hoadly’s The Suspicious Husband (1747); a week later, in Shakespeare’s King Lear. During the most extended of the Drury Lane episodes she sits with friends in a box at a revival of William Congreve’s late seventeenth-century comedy Love for Love (1696).

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Language: English
Date: 2011
literature, literary analysis, eveline, frances burney, theater, London, surrogation

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