's brother Phillip redressed her wandering merchant, redeeming the family name somewhat.
(25) This particular aspect of artistic life in England was later outlined by Fanny Kemble
who, after reflecting on the poverty of her childhood, writes:
For Fanny Kemble
, performing Shakespeare was a means of showing that Portia was "the embodiment of ideal womanhood--generous, affectionate, and wise" or that "Juliet was a heroic young woman"--both reflecting possibilities for modern heroinism.
: A Performed Life by Deirdre David (Pennsylvania, 978-0-8122-4023-8).
Thus, Women as Hamlet includes within its fold Fanny Kemble
's series of solo Shakespeare readings (1848), held as fund-raisers for women's and abolitionist organizations; novelist Mary Braddon's rewriting of Hamlet in Eleanor's Victory (1863); "regendered Hamlets" (91) such as Hedda Gabler; films in which female characters either wanted to play or to become Hamlet, such as in Morning Glory (starring Katharine Hepburn, 1933), All Men are Mortal (1995), which was based on a 1940s Simone de Beauvoir novel, and Robert Lepage's pastiche film noir Le Polygraphe (1996); and "meditations on the female Hamlet" (38) in Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince (1973) and Angela Carter's Wise Children (1991).
: A Performed Life is the amazing biography of the intelligent and cultured Fanny Kemble
(1809-93), a Victorian celebrity known on both sides of the Atlantic as an actress, proud member of the Kemble theatrical dynasty, solo performer of Shakespeare, and author of journals about life on her husband's Georgia plantation.
Weinstein considers these problems and opportunities in the context of sentimental fiction (Ida May, Twelve Years a Slave, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Lamplighter, The Wide, Wide World), near-sentimental fiction (Pierre), narratives concerning slavery (Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Fanny Kemble
's Journal), and a host of relevant nonliterary discourses about the meaning of family.
Some of the women whose autobiographical writings are included here are well known: Mary Jemison, Fanny Kemble
, Sojourner Truth and Margaret Fuller have caught our attention before.
A staff writer for The Guardian and as shrewd an observer of American mores as Alexis de Tocqueville or Fanny Kemble
, Younge takes readers on adventures through the US that most Americans have never experienced.
She compares Fanny Kemble
's Journal on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 to Hentz's The Planter's Northern Bride to underscore that "'feeling right' [can] produce drastically different political allegiances" (67).
It has been a tremendous help to me this autumn at Princeton because I have been able to work at the University Library from 9-12 every morning while Edward was at school, & thanks to the time & the hospitality of the Library, my book on Fanny Kemble
has gone ahead pretty well.
Born in Brecon, her grandmother, Fanny Kemble
, was a famous actress and her father, Roger Kemble, was the manager of a group of travelling actors.