Sarah Siddons and the Romantic Hamlet

  title={Sarah Siddons and the Romantic Hamlet},
  author={Charlotte Boatner-Doane},
  journal={Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film},
  pages={212 - 235}
This paper considers Sarah Siddons’s cross-gender performances as Hamlet in relation to critical fascination with the character’s interiority in the early Romantic era. An examination of the responses to Siddons’s Hamlet in the context of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century studies of the play reveals that Siddons’s contemporaries saw the actress’s femininity and acting methods as particularly effective for conveying the sensibility and irresolution that became increasingly associated… Expand

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