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Vaudeville and the making of modern entertainment, 1890-1925

Title
Vaudeville and the making of modern entertainment, 1890-1925 / David Monod.
ISBN
9781469660547
1469660547
9781469660554
1469660555
9781469660561
Publication
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2020]
Physical Description
xiii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary
"Today, vaudeville is imagined as a parade of slapstick comedians, blackface shouters, coyly revealed knees, and second-rate acrobats. But vaudeville was also America's most popular commercial amusement from the mid-1890s to the First World War; at its peak, 5 million Americans attended vaudeville shows every week. Telling the story of this pioneering art form's rise and decline, David Monod looks through the apparent carnival of vaudeville performance and asks: what made the theater so popular and transformative? Although he acknowledges its quirkiness, Monod makes the case that vaudeville became so popular because it offered audiences a guide to a modern urban lifestyle"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 05, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
The vogue for vaudeville : urbanity, comfort, and celebrity
Ragging style : presenting the modern American
Grabbing attention : making good with the distracted audience
Vaudeville modernism
The business of mass entertainment
The hook : vaudeville makes its exit.
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