Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

The New Humor in the Progressive Era

Americanization and the Vaudeville Comedian

Authors: DesRochers, R.

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By tracing the effects of unprecedented immigration, the advent of the new woman, and the little-known vaudeville careers of performers like the Elinore Sisters, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers, DesRochers examines the relation between comedic vaudeville acts and progressive reformers as they fought over the new definition of "Americanness."

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Rick DesRochers is Associate Professor of Theatre History and Dramaturgy at Long Island University CW Post, USA.

Reviews

Finalist for the 2014 George Freedley Memorial Award

"First and foremost, The New Humor in the Progressive Era is marvelously entertaining and honors the riotous spirit of some of the greatest performers of the early twentieth century. At the same time, Rick DesRochers makes an important contribution to theatre and performance scholarship, American cultural studies, and histories of comedy and clowning. Thoroughly researched and compellingly written, this book is a seriously good read." - James F. Wilson, City University of New York, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Americanization: Progressive-Era Reformers, Cultural Critics, and Popular Comic Entertainments

    DesRochers, Rick

    Pages 1-27

  • Putting It Over in American Vaudeville

    DesRochers, Rick

    Pages 29-52

  • The New Humor: Ethnic Acts and Family Acts

    DesRochers, Rick

    Pages 53-75

  • The Marx Brothers Go to School

    DesRochers, Rick

    Pages 77-108

  • The New Woman and the Female Comedian as Social Insurgent

    DesRochers, Rick

    Pages 109-137

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The New Humor in the Progressive Era
Book Subtitle
Americanization and the Vaudeville Comedian
Authors
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
978-1-137-35718-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137357182
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-35742-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47074-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 187
Topics