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Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City

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ISBN-10: 052157417X

ISBN-13: 9780521574174

Edition: 1998

Authors: Peter Bailey

List price: $149.99
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This lively and highly innovative book reconstructs the texture and meaning of popular pleasure in the Victorian entertainment industry. Integrating theories of language and social action with close reading of contemporary sources, Peter Bailey provides a richly detailed study of the pub, music-hall, theatre and comic newspaper. Analysis of the interplay between entrepreneurs, performers, social critics and audience reveals distinctive codes of humour, sociability and glamour that constituted a new populist ideology of consumerism and the good time. Bailey shows how the new leisure world offered a repertoire of roles that enabled its audience to negotiate the unsettling encounters of urban…    
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Book details

List price: $149.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/8/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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