Gilbert and Sullivan (inbunden)
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Columbia University Press
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Gilbert and Sullivan (inbunden)

Gilbert and Sullivan

Gender, Genre, Parody

Inbunden Engelska, 2010-10-29
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Long before the satirical comedy of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were the hottest send-ups of the day's political and cultural obsessions. Gilbert and Sullivan's productions always rose to the level of social commentary, despite being impertinent, absurd, or inane. Some viewers may take them straight, but what looks like sexism or stereotype was actually a clever strategy of critique. Parody was a powerful weapon in the culture wars of late-nineteenth-century England, and with defiantly in-your-face sophistication, Gilbert and Sullivan proved that popular culture can be intellectually as well as politically challenging. Carolyn Williams underscores Gilbert and Sullivan's creative and acute understanding of cultural formations. Her unique perspective shows how anxiety drives the troubled mind in the Lord Chancellor's "Nightmare Song" in Iolanthe and is vividly realized in the sexual and economic phrasing of the song's patter lyrics. The modern body appears automated and performative in the "Junction Song" in Thespis, anticipating Charlie Chaplin's factory worker in Modern Times. Williams also illuminates the use of magic in The Sorcerer, the parody of nautical melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore, the ridicule of Victorian aesthetic and idyllic poetry in Patience, the autoethnography of The Mikado, the role of gender in Trial by Jury, and the theme of illegitimacy in The Pirates of Penzance. With her provocative reinterpretation of these artists and their work, Williams recasts our understanding of creativity in the late nineteenth century.
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A superb examination of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas... Highly recommended.Library Journal Library Journal Rich, challenging, irritating, inspiring, provocative, just what one wants in a new G&S study, this is a worthwhile albeit tough read. CHOICE Williams substantive study is all the more praiseworthy because her biting insights into gender and sexuality, sharpened through the lens of contemporary critical theory, are tucked within what could pass as a much more staid study of Gilbert and Sullivan. -- Josephine Lee Nineteenth Century Gender Studies Unmodified rapture should best describe the scholarly reponse to this exciting contribution to a broad swath of disciplines... Victorian Studies this book will be an important reference point for future discussions of Gilbert and Sullivan, gender, and the Victorian stage. -- Benjamin D. O'Dell English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 [A] triumphant cultural history. -- Joseph Bristow Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 An outstanding pick... this is a recommendation for any college-level course in Gilbert and Sullivan, and for readers who would receive a fine reinterpretation of their works and impact. Midwest Book Review

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Carolyn Williams is professor of English at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on Victorian literature, theater, and culture. She is the author of Transfigured World: Walter Pater's Aesthetic Historicism, as well as numerous essays and articles.


List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Genres 1. Outmoding Classical Extravaganza, Englishing Opera Bouffe: Thespis 2. Gender in the Breach: Trial by Jury 3. English Magic, English Intoxication: The Sorcerer 4. "Never Mind the Why and Wherefore": The Parody of Nautical Melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore 5. Recollecting Illegitimacy: The Pirates of Penzance Part II. Genders 6. New Light on Changing Gender Norms: Patience 7. Transforming the Fairy Genres: Women on Top in Iolanthe 8. War Between the Sexes: Princess Ida Part III. Cultures 9. Estrangement and Familiarity: The Mikado 10. Mixing It Up: Gothic and Nautical Melodrama in Ruddigore 11. The Past Is a Foreign Country: The Yeomen of the Guard 12. Imaginary Republicanism: The Gondoliers 13. Capitalism and Colonialism: Utopia, Limited 14. Continental Recollections: The Grand Duke After Gilbert and Sullivan: The Momentum of Parody Notes Index