The Resource Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams

Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams

Label
Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody
Title
Gilbert and Sullivan
Title remainder
gender, genre, parody
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Williams
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, Carolyn
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.S95
LC item number
W45 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gender and culture.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sullivan, Arthur
  • Gilbert, W. S.
  • Gilbert, W. S.
  • Gilbert, William Schwenck
  • Sullivan, Arthur
  • Gilbert, William S
  • Sullivan, Arthur
  • Gilbert, William S
  • Sullivan, Arthur S
  • Opera
  • Parody in music
  • Sex role in music
  • Opera
  • Parody in music
  • Sex role in music
  • Oper
  • Oper
  • Operette
  • Parodie
  • England
  • Großbritannien
Label
Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Genres. Outmoding classical extravaganza, Englishing opéra bouffe : Thespis ; Gender in the breach : Trial by jury ; English magic, English intoxication : The sorcerer ; "Never mind the why and wherefore" : the parody of nautical melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore ; Recollecting illegitimacy : The pirates of Penzance -- Genders. New light on changing gender norms : Patience ; Transforming the fairy genes : Women on top in Iolanthe ; War between the sexes : Princess Ida -- Cultures. Estrangement and familiarity : The Mikado ; Mixing it up : gothic and nautical melodrama in Ruddigore ; The past is a foreign country : The yeomen of the guard ; Imaginary republicanism : The gondoliers ; Capitalism and colonialism : Utopia, limited ; Continental recollections : The grand duke -- After Gilbert and Sullivan : the momentum of parody
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xix, 454 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780231519663
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2010018859
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)611553810
  • (OCoLC)ocn611553810
Label
Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Genres. Outmoding classical extravaganza, Englishing opéra bouffe : Thespis ; Gender in the breach : Trial by jury ; English magic, English intoxication : The sorcerer ; "Never mind the why and wherefore" : the parody of nautical melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore ; Recollecting illegitimacy : The pirates of Penzance -- Genders. New light on changing gender norms : Patience ; Transforming the fairy genes : Women on top in Iolanthe ; War between the sexes : Princess Ida -- Cultures. Estrangement and familiarity : The Mikado ; Mixing it up : gothic and nautical melodrama in Ruddigore ; The past is a foreign country : The yeomen of the guard ; Imaginary republicanism : The gondoliers ; Capitalism and colonialism : Utopia, limited ; Continental recollections : The grand duke -- After Gilbert and Sullivan : the momentum of parody
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xix, 454 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780231519663
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2010018859
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)611553810
  • (OCoLC)ocn611553810

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