The Queer Subject

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The Queer Subject is one-act farce by Joseph Stirling Coyne[1] (1803-1868)

The original text

A farce about grave robbing, written in response to the Anatomy Act of 1832. First performed at the Theatre Royal, Adelphi, November 1836; Publication Date: 1836

Translations and adaptations

Performances in South Africa

1845: Performed in the Roeland Street Theatre, Cape Town on 17 July by All the World's a Stage, as afterpiece to The Wandering Boys, or The Castle of Olival (Pixérécourt).

1861: Performed in Cape Town by the Juvenile Amateurs, assisted by Annie Rowlands, with Chesterfield Thinskin (Maddox) and The Miller of Whetstone, or The Cross Bow Letter (Wilks)


Celeste Louise Pottier, 2008. Bodies as Texts, Texts as Bodies: Corpses in Nineteenth-century British Literature[2]: p. 50.

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 413-4

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