Horrible Prettiness has 88 ratings and 10 reviews. Bruce said: What is considered art for the elite becomes sinful when performed for the masses. This bo. HORRIBLE PRETTINESS: BURLESQUE AND. AMERICAN CULTURE, by Robert C. Allen. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North. Carolina Press, xvi + Horrible Prettiness. Burlesque and American Culture. By Robert C. Allen. Foreword by Alan Trachtenberg. Horrible Prettiness View Inside. pp., x
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Preview — Horrible Prettiness by Robert C. Burlesque and American Culture by Robert C. Alan Trachtenberg Foreword by. Burlesque was a cultural threat, Allen argues, because it inverted the “normal” world of middle-class social relations and transgressed norms of “proper” feminine behavior and appearance.
Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture
Initially playing to respectable middle-class audiences, burlesque was quickly relegated to the shadow-world of working-class male leisure. In this process the burlesque performer “lost” Burlesque was a an threat, Allen argues, because it inverted the “normal” world of middle-class social relations and transgressed norms of “proper” feminine behavior and appearance.
In this process the burlesque performer “lost” her voice, as burlesque increasingly revolved around the display of her body.
Locating burlesque within the context of both the social transformation of American theater and its patterns of gender representation, Allen concludes that burlesque represents a fascinating example of the potential transgressiveness of popular entertainment forms, as well as the strategies by which they have been contained and their threats defused.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Horrible Prettinessplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 09, Bruce rated it really liked it. What is considered art for the elite becomes americab when performed for the masses.
This book shows how one’s position in society determines ones’ views of entertainment. Burlesque started out with predominately women performers.
As in Elizabethan theater all parts were played by a single gender, only in burlesques women took on male roles as well as ohrrible. Fun was verbally and physically poked at various political and cultural figures by the women.
As time passed men began taking over and women What is considered art for the elite becomes sinful when performed for the masses.
As time passed men began taking over and women lost their voices to become only exhibitors of their physical attributes. Oct 02, elizabeth rated it really liked it. Dec 02, Lisa Thomas rated it it was amazing.
For anyone interested in Burlesque this is a must read. A thorough history of its beginnings and roots and a exhaustively researched documentation of every aspect. Jun 28, Stevi Costa rated it really liked it. If Allen’s work can be said pretttiness be lacking anything, it would be a lack of analysis of how burlesque evolved in the 20th century. His final chapter takes this up briefly, but with enough detail to explain why burlesque from the ss has become our “cultural imaginary of burlesque” ie just striptease.
The end of the book just seems cultjre fall away from analysis, which actually makes a nice rhetorical metaphor for the disbanding of the burlesque wheel circuits.
Also, this book is one long mockery of William Dean Howells, and I found that hilarious. Oct 28, Rachel rated it really liked it. All right, so I burlesqque 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 boobiesalong with all the interesting socio-cultural crap.
Sep 13, Jeanne T. 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. Dec 30, Christine marked it as to-read. You might ask when I might stop reading about the burlesque.
Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture – Robert C. Allen – Google Books
And apparently the burlesque theory. And just get onstage and let the boobies out. And I ask myself the same thing. Anna rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Anni rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Chip rated it liked it Jul 12, Patrick Salkeld rated it really liked it Aug 19, Becky rated it really liked it May 28, Lola Montgomery rated it it prrettiness amazing Feb 26, Jay Eisenberg rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Paris rated it really liked it Aug 16, Rita rated it liked it Mar 04, Eleonora rated it it was amazing Mar 28, Troy rated it liked it Jan 11, Mer rated it really liked it Apr 19, Janette Scappaticcio rated it it was amazing Oct 29, Annie rated it it was amazing Jun 19, Swetank Gupta rated it really liked it Mar 01, Rooks rated it really liked it Mar 06, Hilary Friedman rated it liked it Aug 19, Vivacious Miss Audacious rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Margaret Henry rated it liked it Aug 31, Jemma Riot rated it liked it Aug 04, Caitlyn Zimmer rated it it was amazing May 27, Chesney Arend rated it liked it Dec 28, There are no discussion topics prrettiness this book yet.
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