Evenings out : female spectators of opera and theatre in late nineteenth-century Italy

Mitchell, Katharine (2017) Evenings out : female spectators of opera and theatre in late nineteenth-century Italy. In: The Formation of a National Audience. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ISBN 9781611478006

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Abstract

The chapter argues that the modes of listening to, and watching, female artists performing live from the 1830s onwards prompted an unprecedented engagement on behalf of female spectators - to the extent that it opened up new ways for them of feeling and thinking about their sexual, social, and economic selves in late 19th century Italy following the rise of female literacy and better access to education.