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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Sign in via your Institution Sign in. The end of the book just seems to fall away from analysis, which actually makes a nice rhetorical metaphor burelsque the disbanding of the burlesque wheel circuits.

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Also, this book is one long mockery of William Dean Howells, and I found that hilarious. And apparently the burlesque theory. 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.

Wanna read heady theory about the history of and theories about burlesque with none of the fun? Chesney Arend rated it liked it Dec 28, Oct 02, elizabeth rated it really liked it.

Initially playing to respectable middle-class audiences, burlesque was quickly relegated to the shadow-world of working-class male leisure. Jay Eisenberg rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Margaret Henry rated it liked it Aug 31, Sep 13, Jeanne T.

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Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture

Janette Scappaticcio rated it it was amazing Oct 29, You do not currently have access to this article. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Dec 30, Christine marked it as to-read. 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.

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If Allen’s work can be said to be lacking anything, it would be a lack of analysis of how burlesque evolved in the 20th century. Email alerts New issue alert.

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. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. A thorough history of its beginnings and roots and a exhaustively researched documentation of every aspect.

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Burlesque started out with predominately women performers. University of North Carolina Press- History – pages. And I ask myself the same thing. In this process the burlesque performer “lost” her voice, as burlesque increasingly revolved around the display of her body. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.


Initially playing to respectable middle-class audiences, burlesque was quickly relegated to the shadow-world of working-class male leisure. To ask other readers questions about Horrible Prettinessplease sign up.

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Swetank Gupta rated it really liked it Mar 01, Organization of American Historians members Sign in via society site. Burlesque and American Culture. Alan Trachtenberg Foreword by. When Lydia Thompson prettijess her controversial female troupe of “British Blondes” brought modern burlesque to the United States inthe result was electric. Caitlyn Zimmer rated it it was amazing May 27,