The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical

The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical

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The American musical, though one of the United States' most popular and emblematic musical genres, has long been neglected as a topic for academic study. Only recently have scholars taken up the serious study of musicals, and serious criticism and commentary available to non-professionals is still sparse. The Oxford Handbook of the Amreican Musical is designed to be used by students in all disciplines concerned with the genre, as well as non-academic listeners who want to enrich their experience as audience members. Taking the form of a "keywords" book, it introduces readers to important concepts and terms that shape the history of the musical as a genre, and offers ways to reflect on the specific choices that shape the musicals and their performance. The Handbook offers ways of thinking about musicals that will be of interest to scholars and students as well as performers of all more

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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 178 x 248 x 44mm | 920.79g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195385942
  • 9780195385946
  • 2,036,774

About Raymond Knapp

Raymond Knapp is Professor of Musicology at UCLA. His five books include Symphonic Metamorphoses: Subjectivity and Alienation in Mahler's Re-Cycled Songs (2003), The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity (2005; winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism), The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity (2006), and Musicological Identities: Essays in Honor of Susan McClary (2008, co-edited with UCLA alumni Steven Baur and Jacqueline Warwick). He has published in most of the major journals in musicology and in several book collections on these and a wide range of additional topics, including Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, nationalism, musical allusion, music and identity, and film more

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The pragmatic usefulness of the volume is evident throughout. ... The book illuminates a fine range of key perspectives in the history and theory of the musical, aimed at students on countless university minor study programmes. ... The volume is impressive in scope and will funciton as a contesting rival to existing volumes on musical theatre in university libraries and curricula around the world. * George Rodosthenous, Theatre Research International *show more

Table of contents

Introduction (Stacy Wolf) ; I. Historiography ; 1. Narratives and Values: Stories of the Musical (Mitchell Morris) ; 2. Texts and Authors (Jim Lovensheimer) ; 3. Marian Waltzes while Harold Marches: Musical Styles and Types in the American Musical (Paul Laird) ; 4. Evolution of Dance in the Golden Age of the American "Book Musical" (Liza Gennaro) ; II. Transformations ; 5. Minstrelsy and Theatrical Miscegenation (Thomas L. Riis) ; 6. Toward the First "Golden Age": Tin Pan Alley Songs on Stage and Screen before World War II (Raymond Knapp and Mitchell Morris) ; 7. Integration (Geoffrey Block) ; 8. After the "Golden Age" (Jessica Sternfeld & Elizabeth L. Wollman) ; III. Media ; 9. Theatre (Tamsen Wolff) ; 10. The Filmed Musical: Fissures and Fusions between Stage and Screen (Raymond Knapp and Mitchell Morris) ; 11. The Television Musical: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Robynn J. Stilwell) ; 12. The Animated Film Musical (Susan Smith) ; 13. Broadway on Records: The Evolution of the Original Cast Album (Georgeshow more

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