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From the mid to late eighteenth century English satirical prints and caricatures frequently represented not only the performers and spectators of theatrical events in their own right, but also depicted the world itself as theatre. With the development of the cartoon, in our modern sense of the word, and of book illustration in the nineteenth century, together with the widening circulation of illustrated journals and newspapers, new outlets emerged for the dissemination of comical and satirical representations of theatrical subjects. However accentuated or exaggerated, caricatures and cartoons provide a unique insight into the social and cultural significance of theatre, offering critique as well as descriptive representation. Our understanding of Victorian theatre has been heavily influenced by such images, not only through Punch, Judy, Fun, Vanity Fair and many other journals, but also through the illustrations of Cruikshank, 'Phiz" and their contemporaries.
Jim Davis is Professor of Theatre Studies and Head of the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick. He was previously Head of Theatre, Film and Dance at the University of New South Wales and before that taught for ten years at Roehampton University. His publications include John Liston Comedian, The Britannia Diaries, an edition of plays by H J Byron and, with Victor Emeljanow, Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing 1840-1880, which won the Theatre Book Prize for 2001. He has also published over 30 book chapters and articles on nineteenth-century British theatre. Current research projects include the iconography of comic performance 1780-1830, English Actors in Australia 1850-1914, and Victorian pantomime.
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8th May 2008