Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915

Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915

by Andrew L. Erdman
     
 

This work reveals the often racy, ribald, and sexually charged nature of the vaudeville stage, looking at a broad array of provocative performers from disrobing dancers to nude posers to skimpily dressed athletes. Examining the ways in which big-time vaudeville nonetheless managed to market itself as pure, safe, and morally acceptable, this work compares the

Overview

This work reveals the often racy, ribald, and sexually charged nature of the vaudeville stage, looking at a broad array of provocative performers from disrobing dancers to nude posers to skimpily dressed athletes. Examining the ways in which big-time vaudeville nonetheless managed to market itself as pure, safe, and morally acceptable, this work compares the industry's marketing and promotional practices to those of other emergent mass-marketers of the vaudeville era in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Included are in-depth examinations of important figures from the vaudeville stage such as Annette Kellerman and Eva Tanguay. The work attempts to address historical context as one means of understanding these performers with an appreciation for their rebelliousness. It discusses censorship and content control in the vaudeville era, and concludes with an analysis of film's part in the fall of vaudeville. Many photographs, cartoons, and other illustrations are included.

Editorial Reviews

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"persuasive...book has plenty of things to recommend it...illustrations are well-chosen...writing is lively, clear, and free from theory-speak"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786418275
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/04/2004
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew L. Erdman is an editor and writer. His articles have appeared in several journals including The Theatre Annual. He lives in New York City.

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