Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915 / Edition 1

Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915 / Edition 1

by Andrew L. Erdman
ISBN-10:
0786431156
ISBN-13:
9780786431151
Pub. Date:
01/30/2007
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915 / Edition 1

This work reveals the often racy, ribald, and sexually charged nature of the vaudeville stage, looking at an 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.

Important figures from the vaudeville stage such as Annette Kellerman and Eva Tanguay are presented in depth. The work provides an historical context for understanding these performers and appreciating their rebelliousness. It discusses censorship and content control, and concludes with an analysis of the role of the cinema in the fall of vaudeville. Many photographs, cartoons, and other illustrations are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786431151
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
1"Dressed in the Form of Art" The Censorship and Curtailment of Popular Entertainments21
2"Clean, Great, and National" The Mass Marketing of Amusement43
3"Of Pleasing Face and Form" The Sexual and the Sensual on Stage83
4"Wild Woman" Eva Tanguay as Temptress and Sexual Rebel127
5"The Signal of Distress" Film and the Fall of Vaudeville163
Chapter Notes169
Selected Bibliography187
Index193

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