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Huju: Traditional Opera in Modern Shanghai

Jonathan P. J. Stock

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262733
eISBN:
9780191734502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

China has over three hundred distinct styles of music drama, from exorcism theatre to farce, historical romance, and shadow puppetry. This study considers one of the newer operatic forms. Established ... More


Testing Courtesy and Humanity in <i>Twelfth Night</i>

C. L. Barber

in Shakespeare's Festive Comedy: A Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149523
eISBN:
9781400839858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149523.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Very little happens in the Twelfth Night, much of the time people are merely talking, especially in the first half, before the farcical ... More


Galland, Georgian Theatre, and the Creation of Popular Orientalism

Bridget Orr

in The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199554157
eISBN:
9780191720437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554157.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter surveys the mostly “illegitimate” theatrical forms in which The Thousand and One Nights appeared on stage between 1707 and c.1830, arguing that these dramas of state, farces, burlettas, ... More


Postscript: After Kim

David Sergeant

in Kipling's Art of Fiction 1884-1901

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199684588
eISBN:
9780191765889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684588.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This postscript to the book provides a brief account of Kipling’s career after Kim. It suggests some of the ways in which the divide between authoritarian and complex fiction, and the formal features ... More


Performing Other/Wise: The Talisman and Woodstock

Caroline McCracken-Flesher

in Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195169676
eISBN:
9780199787876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169676.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Scott wonders whether playing through literary and financial markets reveals that value is contingent and inevitably means devaluation for Scotland. In The Talisman, he allies the Scot with his ... More


L'École des Maris: the raisonneur as brother and sparring partner

Michael Hawcroft

in Molière: Reasoning With Fools

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199228836
eISBN:
9780191711251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228836.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter deals with Ariste in L'École des maris, the brother of the foolish protagonist Sganarelle. It argues that Ariste's role allows Molière to combine moral issues with farcical structures, ... More


May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Sharon Ammen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040658
eISBN:
9780252099090
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040658.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Before Sophie Tucker “corked up” to entertain her audiences with ragtime songs in “Negro dialect” and before Fanny Brice stumbled into the footlights in her rendition of the “Dying Swan,” the ... More


The Age of Questions: Or, A First Attempt at an Aggregate History of the Eastern, Social, Woman, American, Jewish, Polish, Bullion, Tuberculosis, and Many Other Questions over the Nineteenth Century, and Beyond

Holly Case

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691131153
eISBN:
9781400890217
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131153.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

In the early nineteenth century, a new age began: the age of questions. In the Eastern and Belgian questions, as much as in the slavery, worker, social, woman, and Jewish questions, contemporaries ... More


Bitterness in the Early Eighties

Bernard Bergonzi

in Exploding English: Criticism, Theory, Culture

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112617
eISBN:
9780191670817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112617.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses several arguments made in the 1980s about the state of English studies. It is shown that these arguments, which became unusually angry and peculiarly public, are full of human ... More


The Importance of Being Earnest

Sos Eltis

in Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121831
eISBN:
9780191671340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121831.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

Of all Oscar Wilde's plays, The Importance of Being Earnest is the most frivolous, most capricious, and most uniquely Wildean. It is a farce, perfectly crafted and constantly amusing. Its action has ... More


Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China

Christopher Rea

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520283848
eISBN:
9780520959590
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520283848.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Age of Irreverence tells why China’s entry into the modern age was not just traumatic but also uproarious. As the Qing dynasty slumped toward extinction, prominent writers compiled jokes into ... More


Farce 滑稽魂‎

Christopher Rea

in Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520283848
eISBN:
9780520959590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520283848.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

While many of China’s leading cultural critics were cutting each other down to size in the late 1920s and early 1930s, popular writers of a more entrepreneurial bent, particularly in Shanghai, were ... More


Esther

Melissa A. Jackson

in Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible: A Subversive Collaboration

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199656776
eISBN:
9780191742170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656776.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

The violent conclusion to the book of Esther has regularly resulted in interpretations in a ‘funny’/‘un‐funny’ bisection of the book. However, reading the book of Esther as farce and as a literary ... More


Stardom

Sharon Ammen

in May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040658
eISBN:
9780252099090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040658.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

Chapter two considers Irwin’s career during her years of greatest popularity. Her appearance in vitascope’s “The Kiss” from The Widow Jones enhanced her fame. The author analyzes Irwin’s string of ... More


The Age of Burlesque

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the nineteenth century. The discussions include the development of the burlesque; the first American musical (at any rate, the first famous one): Edward ... More


Introduction

Holly Case

in The Age of Questions: Or, A First Attempt at an Aggregate History of the Eastern, Social, Woman, American, Jewish, Polish, Bullion, Tuberculosis, and Many Other Questions over the Nineteenth Century, and Beyond

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691131153
eISBN:
9781400890217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131153.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This book is about what it calls the “age of questions,” which began in the 1820s and 1830s as a result of three major developments: the expansion and politicization of press distribution; the ... More


The Argument about Farce: The Farcical Age

Holly Case

in The Age of Questions: Or, A First Attempt at an Aggregate History of the Eastern, Social, Woman, American, Jewish, Polish, Bullion, Tuberculosis, and Many Other Questions over the Nineteenth Century, and Beyond

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691131153
eISBN:
9781400890217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691131153.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter focuses on the argument about farce, which describes the age of questions as a mischievous and often malicious pretense. It chastises the smugness of querism and calls out the querists ... More


Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Simon Dickie

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Eighteenth-century British culture is often seen as polite and sentimental—the creation of an emerging middle class. This book disputes these assumptions, plunging into the forgotten comic literature ... More


‘Words have no smell’: faecal references in eighteenth-century French <i>théâtre de société</i>

Jennifer Ruimi

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781526127051
eISBN:
9781526138682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526127051.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the eighteenth century, society theatre saw the emergence of forms that evaded censorship. Many of these works break with the rules of classical propriety and freely evoke the lower body, both ... More


Mary McCarthy: The Aesthetic of the Fact

Deborah Nelson

in Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226457772
eISBN:
9780226457949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226457949.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter begins with an image of Mary McCarthy and Hannah Arendt alone in a subway station at the very beginning of their legendary friendship. The image captures something essential about ... More


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