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University of Exeter Press
Approaches To The American Musical

Approaches To The American Musical


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Most books on the American musical are little more than exercises in nostalgia. The specially commissioned essays that make up Approaches to the American Musical take a different view of the form, going beyond the common assertion that musicals are simply escapist.

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ISBN-13: 9780859894050
Publisher: University of Exeter Press
Publication date: 03/01/1996
Series: Cultural and Social Studies
Edition description: 1
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.67(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert Lawson-Peebles is Senior Lecturer in the School of English and American Studies, University of Exeter.His research field is transatlantic cultural relations, from pre-Columbian times until the present. He has published three books on American environmental history: a monograph, Landscape and Written Expression in Revolutionary America (1988), and two collections of original essays co-edited with Professor Mick Gidley (now of Leeds University), Downloads of American Landscapes (1989) and Modern American Landscapes (1995). He has also published essays on, amongst others, George Washington, Susannah Rowson, James Fenimore Cooper, Henry George, and William Carlos Williams.His interests include American performance arts, and he has published an introductory essay on the subject, an article on the impact of the Second World War on Hollywood versions of English novels, and an edited collection of original essays, Approaches to the American Musical (1996).

Table of Contents

Copyright Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors 1. Introduction. Cultural Musicology and the American Musical, Robert Lawson-Peebles 2. From Butterfly to Saigon - Europe, America and "
, Wilfrid Mellers 3. There's No Business like Show Business - a Speculative Reading of the Broadway Musical, Carey Wall 4. From Gold Diggers to Bar Girls - a Selective History of the American Movie Musical, Ralph Willett 5. Holy Yumpin' Yiminy Scandinavian Immigrant Stereotypes in Early 20th Century American Musical, Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey 6. Movies in Disguise - Negotiating Censorship and Patriarchy Through the Dances of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Sue Rickard 7. Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Robert Lawson-Peebles 8. Who Loves You Porgy? The Debates Surrounding Gershwin's Musical, David Horn 9. "
West Side Story"
Revisited, Wilfrid Mellers 10. Sondheim and the Art that has No Name, Stephen Banfield Index

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