Blue Vaudeville

Blue Vaudeville : Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915

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This work reveals the often racy, ribald, and sexually charged nature of the vaudeville stage, looking at a broad array of provocative performers from disrobing dancers to nude posers to skimpily dressed athletes. Examining the ways in which big-time vaudeville nonetheless managed to market itself as pure and moralistic, this work compares the industry's marketing and promotional practices to those of other emergent mass-marketers of the vaudeville era in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Included are in-depth descriptions and analyses of important figures from the vaudeville stage such as Annette Kellerman and Eva Tanguay. The work attempts to address historical context as one means of understanding these performers with an appreciation for their rebelliousness. It discusses censorship and content control in the vaudeville era, and concludes with an analysis of film's part in the fall of vaudeville. Many photographs, cartoons, and other illustrations are included.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 184 x 262 x 18mm | 531g
  • McFarland & Co Inc
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • photographs, illustrations, notes, bib., index
  • 0786418273
  • 9780786418275

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