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Veronica Kelly Veronica Kelly i(A5301 works by)
Born: Established: 1945 ;
Gender: Female
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Veronica Kelly’s research concentrates on Australian and international theatre history and historiography of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Professor Kelly is a world expert on the writer Louis Nowra and has published internationally on numerous other contemporary Australian authors. Since 1998 her main interest has been in theorising the intersection of discourses of class, gender, imperial and ‘Australian’ identifications, both through theatre as an industry and as modelled by popular theatrical stars. An invaluable contribution to the scholarship of Australian theatre and drama is Kelly’s founding and editorship in 1982 (with Richard Fotheringham FAHA) of the journal Australasian Drama Studies. Professor Kelly’s current research activities include the AusStage database, a unique resource for researchers.' (Source: The Australian Academy of the Humanities website)

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y separately published work icon The Empire Actors : Stars of Australasian Costume Drama 1890s-1920s Strawberry Hills : Currency House , 2009 Z1744685 2009 single work criticism 'In the decades from Federation to the 1920s live entertainment was an integral part of the Imperial world and performers were the first generation of truly global marketeers.In epic tales of royal splendours and Napoleonic conquests, of heroic gladiators and Christian sacrifice, of musketeers and courtesans, hussars and doomed princesses, Arab houris and Oriental mandarins, international stage celebrities transported Australian audiences into identification with the older, more powerful civilizations from which they had come. These stars travelled the world in style, carrying messages of trade, fashion, tourism, modernism and the privilege of being a member of the British Empire.' Source: Book jacket.
2012 winner Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Rob Jordan Prize
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