Music Hall and Modernity: The Late-Victorian Discovery of Popular Culture

Music Hall and Modernity: The Late-Victorian Discovery of Popular Culture

by Barry J. Faulk
     
 

Music Hall and Modernity offers a complex view of the new middle-class, middle-brow, mass culture of late-Victorian London and contributes to a body of scholarship on nineteenth-century urbanism. In examining fiction from Walter Besant, Hall Caine, and Henry Nevinson, performance criticism from William Archer and Max Beerbohm, and late-Victorian

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Music Hall and Modernity offers a complex view of the new middle-class, middle-brow, mass culture of late-Victorian London and contributes to a body of scholarship on nineteenth-century urbanism. In examining fiction from Walter Besant, Hall Caine, and Henry Nevinson, performance criticism from William Archer and Max Beerbohm, and late-Victorian controversies over philanthropy and moral reform, scholar Barry Faulk argues that discourse on music-hall entertainment helped consolidate the identity and tastes of an emergent professional class. This book will also interest scholars concerned with the emergence of a professional managerial class and the genealogy of cultural studies.  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821415856
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Barry J. Faulk is a professor in the English Department at Florida State University and the author of British Rock Modernism: The Story of Music Hall in Rock (2010). He has published numerous articles on British literature and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the popular not the public1
1Music hall : the middle class makes a subculture23
2Camp expertise : Arthur Symons, music hall, and the defense of theory50
3Spies and experts : Laura Ormiston Chant among late-Victorian professionals75
4Tales of the culture industry : professional women, mimic men, and Victorian music hall111
5"Spectacular" bodies : tableaux vivants at the palace theatre142
Conclusion : Cyrene at the Alhambra188

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