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SHAW: Shaw & History, The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Vol. 19

Shaw and History

Edited by Gale Larson, and Fred Crawford

BUY

232 pages
6" × 9"
33 b&w illustrations
1999

SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies

SHAW: Shaw & History, The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Vol. 19

Shaw and History

Edited by Gale Larson, and Fred Crawford

This special issue of Shaw offers ten articles that focus on the theme of "Shaw and History." That focus illuminates Shaw's concept of history as art and its uses for dramatic purposes. It is a focus that is broadly applied to the historical perspective. Views range from Shaw's uses of historical sources in the Shavianizing of history, his uses of historical, geographical, and political places and events in his work, to views that place selected Shavian works within a historical context.

 

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This special issue of Shaw offers ten articles that focus on the theme of "Shaw and History." That focus illuminates Shaw's concept of history as art and its uses for dramatic purposes. It is a focus that is broadly applied to the historical perspective. Views range from Shaw's uses of historical sources in the Shavianizing of history, his uses of historical, geographical, and political places and events in his work, to views that place selected Shavian works within a historical context.

Stanley Weintraub discusses Shaw's references to Cetewayo, Zulu chieftain, in Cashel Byron's Profession as the first incorporation of a contemporary historical figure into his work.

John Allett explores the liberal, socialist, and radical feminist views of prostitution in nineteenth-century England and demonstrates how those political views are developed within the unfolding action of Mrs Warren's Profession.

Sidney P. Albert studies the Utopian movement, "The Garden City," to determine the extent to which that movement influenced Shaw's conception of Perivale St. Andres in Major Barbara. He also narrates his personal attempt to identify the Ballycorus smelting works and its surroundings as well as the campanile, or Folly, at Faringdon as sites that provided the scenic sources for Perivale St. Andres in Major Barbara.

Gale K. Larson has edited a partially unpublished Shavian manuscript that addresses Shaw's relationship with Frank Harris and, among other matters, sets the historical record right as to who deserves the credit for attributing the identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to Mary Fitton. He also examines the historical sources that influenced Shaw's views on Charles II, the "Merry Monarch," in "In Good King Charles's Golden Days" and demonstrates Shaw's reclamation of yet another historical figure from the traditional historians.

David Gunby examines the first-night performance of O'Flaherty, V.C. for purposes of setting the historical record straight as to the facts of that production.

Wendi Chen presents the stage history of the production of Mrs Warren's Profession in China during the early 1920s and argues its central role in shaping modern Chinese drama.

Rodelle Weintraub assesses Too True to Be Good as a dream play within the context of the nightmarish times of World War I.

Michael M. O'Hara surveys the Federal Theatre's productions of Androcles and the Lion in the 1930s to reveal the political and religious repressions that those productions underscore.

Shaw 19 also includes three reviews of recent additions to Shavian scholarship as well as John R. Pfeiffer's "Continuing Checklist of Shaviana."

Contents

NOTICES ix

GENERAL INTRODUCTION: SHAW AND HISTORY 1

Gale K. Larson

CETEWAYO: SHAW'S FIRST HERO FROM HISTORY 7

Stanley Weintraub

MRS WARRENS PROFESSION AND THE POLITICS OF

PROSTITUTION 23

John Allett

EVANGELIZING THE GARDEN CITY? 41

Sidney P. Albert

“THE DARK LADY”: G. B. S. REPLIES TO MR. FRANK HARRIS 79

Bernard Shaw

THE FIRST NIGHT OF O’FLAHERTY, V. C. 85

David Gunby

THE FIRST SHAW PLAY ON THE CHINESE STAGE: THE

PRODUCTION OF MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION IN 1921 99

Wendi Chen

TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD: THE BOTTOMLESS ABYSS

FOLLOWING WORLD WAR I 119

Rodelle Weintraub

FEDERAL THEATRE'S ANDROCLES AND THE LION: SHAW IN

BLACK AND WHITE 129

Michael M. 0 'Hara

"IN GOOD KING CHARLES'S GOLDEN DAYS": AN IMAGINATIVE AND TRUTHFUL HISTORY 149

Gale K. Larson

BALLYCORUS AND THE FOLLY: IN SEARCH OF PERIVALE ST.

ANDREWS 159

Sidney P. Albert

REVIEWS 175

THE BURGUNDER SHAW COLLECTION ("The Instinct of an

Artist"/Shaw and the Theatre. An Exhibition from the Bernard F.

Burgunder Collection of George Bernard Shaw, edited by Ann L.

Ferguson) 175

Stanley Weintraub

TWO BY SHAW (Bernard Shaw on Cinema, and Not Bloody Likely!

edited by Bernard F. Dukore) 177

Charles A. Berst

WRITINGS FOR "THE DREADED WEINTRAUB" (Shaw and

Other Matters: A Festschrift for Stanley Weintraub on the Occasion of

His Forty-Second Anniversary at The Pennsylvania State University,

edited by Susan Rusinko) 183

Sally Peters

A CONTINUING CHECKLIST OF SHAVIANA 187

John R. Pfeiffer

CONTRIBUTORS 221

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