Download Horrible Prettiness:: Burlesque and American Culture by Robert C. Allen PDF

By Robert C. Allen

Robert Allen's compelling ebook examines burlesque not just as well known leisure but in addition as a posh and remodeling cultural phenomenon. while Lydia Thompson and her debatable lady troupe of "British Blondes" introduced sleek burlesque to the U.S. in 1868, the outcome used to be electrical. Their impertinent humor, streetwise demeanour, and provocative parodies of masculinity introduced them huge, immense well known success—and the condemnation of critics, cultural commentators, or even women's rights campaigners.Burlesque used to be a cultural risk, Allen argues, since it inverted the "normal" international of middle-class social kin and transgressed norms of "proper" female habit and visual appeal. before everything enjoying to first rate middle-class audiences, burlesque was once quick relegated to the shadow-world of working-class male relaxation. during this strategy the burlesque performer "lost" her voice, as burlesque more and more revolved round the exhibit of her body.Locating burlesque in the context of either the social transformation of yank theater and its styles of gender illustration, Allen concludes that burlesque represents a desirable instance of the capability transgressiveness of renowned leisure varieties, in addition to the suggestions through which they've been contained and their threats defused.

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Download The Bluffer's Guide to Stand-up Comedy (Bluffer's Guides) by Bruce Dessau PDF

By Bruce Dessau

Immediately collect all of the wisdom you want to cross as knowledgeable on the planet of stand-up comedy. by no means back confuse a nail with a bomb, a flop sweat with a cotton mouth, or a tag line with a zinger. indulge in the admiration of your fellow comedy aficionados as you pronounce optimistically at the comparative benefits of the best performers within the historical past of stand-up, and carry your personal in any dialogue concerning the most sensible gags of all time.

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Download Elrod McBugle on the Loose by Jeff Strand PDF

By Jeff Strand

A comedy for kids...and adults who have been warped as teenagers! the scholars at Greenwater Junior excessive have acknowledged they'll always remember this yr, and Elrod McBugle is the explanation. He's no longer a foul individual. He doesn't try and get in hassle, reason mayhem, and sometimes blow issues simply occurs. And it's going to ensue repeatedly! proportion Elrod's hilarious adventures as he faces the wrath of the Slurpy Gulp Beverage corporation, attempts to turn into a millionaire promoting home made bubble gum, survives a wild squirrel assault, attempts to determine if his math instructor is an awl assassin, and masses, even more! be careful, everyone...Elrod McBugle is at the unfastened!

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Download Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy by Greg Dean PDF

By Greg Dean

Если вы думаете, что вы смешной и хотите, чтобы другие тоже так думали, то эта книга для вас! Грег Дин учит основам юмора и дает советы о том, как создавать юмористический материал, как репитировать и проводить выступления, как справляться со страхом перед сценой и многому другому.

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Download The Greek Sense of Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy by J Michael Walton PDF

By J Michael Walton

In this up-to-date and prolonged version of The Greek experience of Theatre, student and practitioner J.Michael Walton revises and expands his visible method of the theatre of classical Athens. From the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides to the outdated and new comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, he argues that whereas Greek drama is noticeable now as a performance-based instead of a strictly literary medium, extra awareness may still be paid to the character of level snapshot and masked appearing as a part of this conception.

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Download Foreign Affairs: A Novel by Alison Lurie PDF

By Alison Lurie


Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, single tenured professor, is in London to paintings on her new publication approximately children’s folks rhymes. regardless of sporting a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels basically English and relatively seems down on her fellow american citizens. yet even with that, she is drawn right into a mortifying and oddly enjoyable affair with an Oklahoman vacationer who attire extra Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel.

Also in London is Vinnie’s colleague Fred Turner, a good-looking, flat broke, newly separated, and punctiliously depressing younger guy attempting to concentrate on his personal learn. as an alternative, he's distracted via a stunning and unpredictable English actress and the realm she belongs to.

Both American, either out of the country, and either achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their stressed alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. neatly written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs continues to be a permanent comedian masterpiece.

“A wonderful comedy, very shiny, brilliantly written in a convinced and unique demeanour. the easiest booklet by means of one in every of our best writers.”
–Elizabeth Hardwick

“There is not any American author i've got learn with extra consistent excitement and sympathy. . . . Foreign Affairs earns a similar shelf as Henry James and Edith Wharton.”
–John Fowles

“If you be capable of learn just a couple of stable novels a yr, make this one in every of them.”
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“An inventive, touching book.”

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Download The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy PDF

In fresh many years literary methods to drama have improved: new old, intertextual, political, performative and metatheatrical, socio-linguistic, gender-driven, transgenre-driven. New info has been accrued, occasionally via second look of extant literary texts and fabric artifacts, at different instances from new discoveries from the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, paintings historical past, and literary reviews.

The Oxford guide of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the 1st entire creation to and reference paintings for the unified learn of old comedy. From the start of comedy in Greece to its result in Rome, from the Hellenistic diffusion of performances after the dying of Menander to its inventive, scholarly, and literary receptions within the later Roman Empire, no subject is ignored. forty-one essays unfold throughout Greek Comedy, Roman Comedy, and the transmission and reception of historical comedy through a global staff of specialists provide state-of-the-art courses in the course of the vast terrain of the sphere, whereas a professional advent surveys the key traits and shifts in scholarly learn of comedy from the Nineteen Sixties to at the present time.

The Handbook contains precise appendices that offer worthy examine instruments for either students and scholars. the end result bargains Hellenists a superb review of the earliest reception and artistic reuse of Greek New Comedy, Latinists a wide standpoint of the evolution of Roman Comedy, and students and scholars of classics a superb source and tipping element for destiny interdisciplinary examine.

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