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Gilbert and Sullivan

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Carolyn Williams is professor of English at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on Victorian literature, theater, and cu... Weiterlesen
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Carolyn Williams is professor of English at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on Victorian literature, theater, and culture. She is the author of Transfigured World: Walter Pater's Aesthetic Historicism, as well as numerous essays and articles.

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Carolyn Williams



Klappentext

Long before the satirical comedy of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were the hottest send-ups of the day's political and cultural obsessions. Gilbert and Sullivan's productions always rose to the level of social commentary, despite being impertinent, absurd, or inane. Some viewers may take them straight, but what looks like sexism or stereotype was actually a clever strategy of critique. Parody was a powerful weapon in the culture wars of late-nineteenth-century England, and with defiantly in-your-face sophistication, Gilbert and Sullivan proved that popular culture can be intellectually as well as politically challenging.

Carolyn Williams underscores Gilbert and Sullivan's creative and acute understanding of cultural formations. Her unique perspective shows how anxiety drives the troubled mind in the Lord Chancellor's "Nightmare Song" in Iolanthe and is vividly realized in the sexual and economic phrasing of the song's patter lyrics. The modern body appears automated and performative in the "Junction Song" in Thespis, anticipating Charlie Chaplin's factory worker in Modern Times. Williams also illuminates the use of magic in The Sorcerer, the parody of nautical melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore, the ridicule of Victorian aesthetic and idyllic poetry in Patience, the autoethnography of The Mikado, the role of gender in Trial by Jury, and the theme of illegitimacy in The Pirates of Penzance. With her provocative reinterpretation of these artists and their work, Williams recasts our understanding of creativity in the late nineteenth century.



Inhalt

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Genres 1. Outmoding Classical Extravaganza, Englishing Opéra Bouffe: Thespis 2. Gender in the Breach: Trial by Jury 3. English Magic, English Intoxication: The Sorcerer 4. "Never Mind the Why and Wherefore": The Parody of Nautical Melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore 5. Recollecting Illegitimacy: The Pirates of Penzance Part II. Genders 6. New Light on Changing Gender Norms: Patience 7. Transforming the Fairy Genres: Women on Top in Iolanthe 8. War Between the Sexes: Princess Ida Part III. Cultures 9. Estrangement and Familiarity: The Mikado 10. Mixing It Up: Gothic and Nautical Melodrama in Ruddigore 11. The Past Is a Foreign Country: The Yeomen of the Guard 12. Imaginary Republicanism: The Gondoliers 13. Capitalism and Colonialism: Utopia, Limited 14. Continental Recollections: The Grand Duke After Gilbert and Sullivan: The Momentum of Parody Notes Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Gilbert and Sullivan
Untertitel: Gender, Genre, Parody
Autor:
EAN: 9780231519663
ISBN: 978-0-231-51966-3
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Columbia University Press
Genre: Sonstiges Belletristik
Anzahl Seiten: 480
Veröffentlichung: 25.11.2010
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 27.7 MB