HORRIBLE PRETTINESS BURLESQUE AND AMERICAN CULTURE PDF

When Lydia Thompson and her controversial female troupe of "British Blondes" brought modern burlesque to the United States in , the result was electric. Burlesque was a cultural threat, Allen argues, because it inverted the "normal" world of middle-class social relations and transgressed norms of "proper" feminine behavior and appearance. Initially playing to respectable middle-class audiences, burlesque was quickly relegated to the shadow-world of working-class male leisure. In this process the burlesque performer "lost" her voice, as burlesque increasingly revolved around the display of her body. Locating burlesque within the context of both the social transformation of American theater and its patterns of gender representation, Allen concludes that burlesque represents a fascinating example of the potential transgressiveness of popular entertainment forms, as well as the strategies by which they have been contained and their threats defused.

Author:Kazrazshura JoJolar
Country:Suriname
Language:English (Spanish)
Genre:Medical
Published (Last):17 November 2017
Pages:448
PDF File Size:17.97 Mb
ePub File Size:6.58 Mb
ISBN:330-7-86409-828-1
Downloads:71308
Price:Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader:Nejas



When Lydia Thompson and her controversial female troupe of "British Blondes" brought modern burlesque to the United States in , the result was electric.

Burlesque was a cultural threat, Allen argues, because it inverted the "normal" world of middle-class social relations and transgressed norms of "proper" feminine behavior and appearance. Initially playing to respectable middle-class audiences, burlesque was quickly relegated to the shadow-world of working-class male leisure.

In this process the burlesque performer "lost" her voice, as burlesque increasingly revolved around the display of her body. Locating burlesque within the context of both the social transformation of American theater and its patterns of gender representation, Allen concludes that burlesque represents a fascinating example of the potential transgressiveness of popular entertainment forms, as well as the strategies by which they have been contained and their threats defused.

Excerpt Among the hazards of submitting popular entertainments to scholarly study are the twin dangers of holding the subject in too low or too high a regard. Because topics like burlesque, or the television soap operas about which Robert Allen has written so knowingly in a previous book, still seem exotic and transgressive in academic settings, scholars are often tempted to cover themselves in elaborate apologies, by defensive condescension or over-celebration of their "low" subject matter.

The book represents its popular subject as a significant historical subject in its own right, not restricted to the segregated field of "popular culture," a category that often serves to quarantine the transgressive and routinize the scandalous. There is no special pleading in Horrible Prettiness, only a subtle, richly documented, and provocative argument with ramifications far beyond its explicit subject. What it shows about burlesque sheds light on modern popular forms in general.

Allen reveals the subversive character of early burlesque, its calculated efforts to wring a wildly ironic humor by playing off against "high" cultural values, particularly regarding women. Half the book treats the. Full access to this book and over 94, more Over 14 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles Access to powerful writing and research tools Book details.

DENON DNC 615 PDF

Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture

Start your review of Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture Write a review Shelves: burlesque , nonfiction , dance , thesis , wishlist , history I highly recommend to anyone interested in burlesque or women in stage and performance. A very indepth look at the history and evolution of burlesque and how we got from parodies to striptease, and how it eventually died out. This book was published before neo-burlesque returned in the 90s, so keep that in mind. Allen covers a lot of territory, including not just description of what was happening but how it was affected and did affect American culture, society, economics, gender politics, and I highly recommend to anyone interested in burlesque or women in stage and performance. Allen covers a lot of territory, including not just description of what was happening but how it was affected and did affect American culture, society, economics, gender politics, and sexuality. Throughout he emphasizes how burlesque, no matter what decade it took place in, highlighted social and class hierarchies and the conflict between the bourgeois and the lower and working class. Burlesque started out with predominately women performers.

TUSB3410 PDF

Horrible Prettiness

.

LITHONIA WST LED PDF

.

Related Articles