Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City / Edition 1

Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City / Edition 1

by Peter Bailey
     
 

Lively, innovative, well-illustrated essays on the making of the Victorian entertainment industry which get inside the popular experience of the pub, music-hall, theatre and comic press. In this new leisure world, audiences learned how to be performers themselves, adopting roles and styles appropriate to the unsettling dynamics of the modern city. A major advance in… See more details below

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Lively, innovative, well-illustrated essays on the making of the Victorian entertainment industry which get inside the popular experience of the pub, music-hall, theatre and comic press. In this new leisure world, audiences learned how to be performers themselves, adopting roles and styles appropriate to the unsettling dynamics of the modern city. A major advance in understanding how popular culture actually works, this is a model of the successful integration of the theory and practice of social history and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521543484
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/16/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Social history, cultural studies and the cad1
1The Victorian middle class and the problem of leisure13
2A role analysis of working-class respectability30
3Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday: Comic art in the 1880s47
4Business and good fellowship in the London music hall80
5Champagne Charlie and the music hall swell song101
6Music hall and the knowingness of popular culture128
7The Victorian barmaid as cultural prototype151
8Musical comedy and the rhetoric of the girl, 1892-1914175
9Breaking the sound barrier194
Notes212
Index254

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