Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1991 - Performing Arts - 350 pages
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Robert Allen's compelling book examines burlesque not only as popular entertainment but also as a complex and transforming cultural phenomenon. When Lydia Thompson and her controversial female troupe of "British Blondes" brought modern burlesque to the Un
  

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User Review  - Jeanne T. - Goodreads

Wanna read heady theory about the history of and theories about burlesque (with none of the fun?). This book is it. The grandpappy of heady theories about burlesque, this book is a must-read for would-be theorists. And that's about it. Read full review

Review: Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture

User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

All right, so I read this for my dissertation, which means it doesn't really count. BUT it was pretty good, although I wish he would've talked more about what they actually did onstage (you know, the boobies), along with all the interesting socio-cultural crap. Read full review

Contents

A Chronicle of Lydia Thompsons First Season in America
1
The Intelligibility of Burlesque
23
The Historical Contexts of Burlesque I The Transformation of American Theater
43
The Historical Contexts of Burlesque II Women on the Stage
79
Ixion Revisited
119
The Institutionalization of Burlesque
157
Burlesque at Centurys End
195
Burlesque in the Twentieth Century
241
Notes
291
Bibliography
327
Index
345
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About the author (1991)

Robert C. Allen is James Logan Godfrey Professor of American Studies, History, and Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of Speaking of Soap Operas, coauthor with Douglas Gomery of Film History: Theory and Practice, and editor of Channels of Discourse, Reassembled and To Be Continued: Soap Operas Around the World.

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