Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

Entertaining Children

The Participation of Youth in the Entertainment Industry

Editors: Arrighi, G., Emeljanow, V. (Eds.)

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Children have been exploited as performers and wooed energetically as consumers throughout history. These essays offer scholarly investigations into the employment and participation of children in the entertainment industry with examples drawn from historical and contemporary contexts.

About the authors

Rossella Del Prete, Università degli Studi del Sannio, Italy Shih-Ching H. Picucci, University of Durham, UK Mark Branner, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, USA Gilli Bush-Bailey, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Dyan Colclough, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK James Skidmore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada Shauna Vey, City University of New York, USA Laura Noszlopy, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Noel Brown, Newcastle University, UK Ken Cerniglia, Disney Theatrical Group Lisa Mitchell, Disney Theatrical Group Broderick D.V. Chow, Brunel University, UK Darren O'Donnell, Mammalian Diving Reflex/University of Toronto, Canada

Reviews

"Readers should resist the urge to pick out one or two essays to peruse, since what really sets this collection apart is its global, generic, and methodological inclusiveness. We learn not only about stage plays and musicals but also film, TV, dance, and experimental theatre; not only about what adult viewers make of child performers but what former child performers make of their own experiences. This excellent collection of essays should inspire more theatre historians and cultural critics to pay attention to the centrality of children as makers and consumers of entertainment." - Marah Gubar, Director, Children's Literature Program, University of Pittsburgh, USA

"The participation of children in entertainment industries the world over has been unquestioned for centuries. This volume makes vital progress in addressing aesthetic, economic, and political questions essential for exposing assumptions and practices which have governed the work of juvenile performers across the globe. Surprising by its geographical and chronological reach, from Bali to Toronto, Melbourne to Naples, and with stories from the Renaissance to YouTube, the scholarship here is rigorous, diverse, and challenging." - Anne Varty, Professor, English Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Setting the Scene: An Introduction

    Arrighi, Gillian (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Musical Education and the Job Market: The Employment of Children and Young People in the Neapolitan Music Industry with Particular Reference to the Period 1650–1806

    Prete, Rossella

    Pages 15-32

  • An American Antebellum Child-Actor Contract: Alfred Stewart and the Shift from Craft Apprentice to Wage Laborer

    Vey, Shauna

    Pages 33-50

  • Children and Youth of the Empire: Tales of Transgression and Accommodation

    Arrighi, Gillian (et al.)

    Pages 51-71

  • British Child Performers 1920–40: New Issues, Old Legacies

    Colclough, Dyan

    Pages 73-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Entertaining Children
Book Subtitle
The Participation of Youth in the Entertainment Industry
Editors
  • G. Arrighi
  • V. Emeljanow
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30546-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137305466
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30545-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 251
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