The Resource Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams, (electronic resource)

Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams, (electronic resource)

Label
Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody
Title
Gilbert and Sullivan
Title remainder
gender, genre, parody
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn Williams
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Long before the satirical comedy of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the comic operas of Gilbert and 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 popular culture could be intellectually as well as politically challenging. Carolyn Williams underscores Gilbert and Sullivan's creative and acute understanding of cultural formations. Anxiety drives the troubled mind in the "nightmare" patter song of Iolanthe and is vividly realized in the sexual and economic phrasing of Lord Chancellor's lyrics. The modern body appears automated and performative in the "railway" song of Thespis, mirroring Charlie Chaplin's factory worker in the film, 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 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
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Cataloging source
Midwest
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1950-
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Williams, Carolyn
Dewey number
782.1/20922
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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hoopla digital
Series statement
Gender and culture
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  • Sullivan, Arthur
  • Gilbert, W. S.
  • Opera
  • Parody in music
  • Sex role in music
  • Electronic books
Target audience
adult
Label
Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11864610
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Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11864610
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11864610
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11864610
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Gilbert and Sullivan : gender, genre, parody, Carolyn Williams, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11864610
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11864610
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11864610
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11864610
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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