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Editorial note.

This issue of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is largely devoted to an annotated edition of William Archer's melodrama The Green Goddess, edited and introduced by Veronica Kelly. This edition has been made possible through the existence of a four-volume annotated Promptbook in the J. C. Williamson Archive in the Performing Arts Collection, Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne. Drawing on this rich resource, Kelly is able to demonstrate in some detail how the play was staged in its Australian production as well as drawing attention to the textual changes made for an Australian audience. In her introduction, she also places The Green Goddess in its cultural and historical contexts; discusses its early performances in England, North America and Australia; and draws attention to film adaptations. Archer's play demonstrates the longevity of melodrama and its influence, especially in the surviving tropes of plot, structure and characterization. Underlying the suspense and action, however, is an implicit focus on (and interrogation of) modernity and colonial relations. All the more interesting is the fact that Archer had been a leading propagandist for the new realist drama of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This issue, then, follows in the footsteps of NCTF's occasional publication of annotated texts such as The Clansman and The String of Pearls.

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Publication:Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Dec 22, 2013
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