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Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre

Cultural Identity in British Musical Theatre, 1890–1939

Knowing One’s Place

Authors: Macpherson, Ben

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  • Represents the first in-depth study of over forty works of British musical comedy (1890–1939) using the original play-texts
  • Considers the impact of late-Victorian and Edwardian musical comedy on popular cultural ideas of ‘Britishness’
  • Offers a revisionary reading of the relationships between nationhood, race, gender and Empire on the musical stage
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About this book

This book examines the performance of ‘Britishness’ on the musical stage. Covering a tumultuous period in British history, it offers a fresh look at the vitality and centrality of the musical stage, as a global phenomenon in late-Victorian popular culture and beyond. Through a re-examination of over fifty archival play-scripts, the book comprises seven interconnected stories told in two parts. Part One focuses on domestic and personal identities of ‘Britishness’, and how implicit anxieties and contradictions of nationhood, class and gender were staged as part of the popular cultural condition. Broadening in scope, Part Two offers a revisionary reading of Empire and Otherness on the musical stage, and concludes with a consideration of the Great War and the interwar period, as musical theatre performed a nostalgia for a particular kind of ‘Britishness’, reflecting the anxieties of a nation in decline.

About the authors

​Ben Macpherson is Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre in the School of Media and Performing Arts at the University of Portsmouth, UK. His publications include Voice Studies: Critical Approaches to Process, Performance and Experience (co-edited with Konstantinos Thomaidis, 2015) and he has written widely on both voice studies and British identity in musical theatre.

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“A masterly analysis of the various aesthetic forms and the changing social, political and ethical concerns of musical theatre from the last years of the Victorian era to the start of WWII, the book provides a lucid explication of the interrelated nature of popular entertainment and its sociopolitical contexts. It is likely to become required reading for students and scholars of the British musical and of social history.” (Robert Gordon, Professor of Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59807-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59806-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultural Identity in British Musical Theatre, 1890–1939
Book Subtitle
Knowing One’s Place
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59807-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59807-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59806-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 245
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