Late nineteenth century stage actress Mary Anderson’s performances as Galatea in W.S. Gilbert’s Pygmalion and Galatea , reveal the convergence of the Delsartean attitude and the metaphor of the classical body with women’s social performances of respectable womanliness. Anderson’s Galatea reveals the workings of the metaphor of the classical body in American Delsartism and points to the metaphor’s significance for the increasing popularity of Delsartean statue posing among women.
© 2005 Mime Journal, Pomona College, Claremont Colleges
Lake, Taylor S.
"The Delsarte Attitude on the Legitimate Stage: Mary Anderson's Galatea and the Trope of the Classical Body,"
Vol. 23, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/mimejournal/vol23/iss1/8