A new framework to analyse and disseminate Burney’s plays
The work of English author Frances Burney (1757-1840) is extensive. However, part of her dramatic works related to the period she spent at the Court of George III remains untouched, preventing its appreciation and literary critique. This little-studied quartet of tragedies prompts our critical thinking in terms of such present-day practices and policies as gender relations, body politics, agency. Burney’s speaking bodies, particularly the female ones, unmask and demystify the fraught relationship of the individual with power apparatuses and techniques of disciplining. The EU-funded OpeRaNew project will restore cultural depth to Burney’s dramatic corpus. It will use digital methods and literary analysis to establish an expanding multimedia framework to analyse and disseminate Burney’s plays.
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