Vaudeville And The Making Of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925

October 12, 2020|
Vaudeville And The Making Of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925 by David Monod
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Today, vaudeville is imagined as a parade of slapstick comedians, blackface shouters, coyly revealed knees, and second-rate acrobats. But vaudeville was also America''s most popular commercial amusement from the mid-1890s to the First World War; at its peak, 5 million Americans attended vaudeville shows every week. Telling the story of this pioneering art form''s rise and decline, David Monod looks through the apparent carnival of vaudeville performance and asks: what made the theater so popular and transformative? Although he acknowledges its quirkiness, Monod makes the case that vaudeville became so popular because it offered audiences a guide to a modern urban lifestyle.

Vaudeville acts celebrated sharp city styles and denigrated old-fashioned habits, showcased new music and dance moves, and promulgated a deeply influential vernacular modernism. The variety show''s off-the-rack trendiness perfectly suited an era when goods and services were becoming more affordable and the mass market promised to democratize style, offering a clear vision of how the quintessential twentieth-century citizen should look, talk, move, feel, and act.

David Monod is professor of American social and cultural history at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Title:Vaudeville And The Making Of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:288 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inPublished:October 12, 2020Publisher:The University Of North Carolina PressLanguage:English

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