The Magazine

Spring, 1896, Page: 14

Page Dimensions: 32 x 25.5 cms


Title: Is the modern stage elevating?

Date: 1896

Inscription: 1 page of text. Part of 9 pages of text.

Keywords: theatre; women; feminism

Material: Pen and ink

Commentary: Aitken argues that the theatre has an educational function because it holds a mirror up to life. “The Tragedy Man” is a reference to the poem “The Conqueror Worm” (1843) by Edgar Allen Poe (1809–1849) in which Poe portrays human life itself as a tragedy set on a stage with angels as its audience. “The Case of rebellious Susan” by Henry Arthur Jones (1851–1929) was a comedy staged in October 1894 at London’s Criterion theatre. It addressed the contemporary debate surrounding the ‘New woman’ and the evolving position of women in society. It was particularly controversial in highlighting the double standards which could accept marital infidelity in men but not in women.