Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City

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August 2003



Lively and innovative, these well-illustrated essays on the making of the Victorian entertainment industry get inside the popular experience of the pub, music-hall, theater 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.


Introduction: social history, cultural studies and the cad; 1. The Victorian middle class and the problem of leisure; 2. A role analysis of working-class respectability; 3. Ally Soper's half-holiday: comic art in the 1880s; 4. Business and good fellowship in the London music hall; 5. Champagne Charlie and the music hall swell song: 6. Music-hall and the knowingness of popular culture; 7. The Victorian barmaid as cultural prototype; 8. Musical comedy and the rhetoric of the girl, 1892-1914; 9. Breaking the sound barrier; Notes; Index.


'... a pleasure to observe the dexterity with which Bailey handles his material.' Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521543484
ISBN: 0521543487
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2003
Seitenanzahl: 272 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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