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The Victorian Music Hall: Culture, Class and Conflict

Dagmar Kift

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521474728 / ISBN 13: 9780521474726
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Title: The Victorian Music Hall: Culture, Class and...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Hardcover. 256 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.8in.This book is the first serious study of the Victorian Music Hall from a national perspective. It outlines the history of the halls, their programs and the particular composition of their audiences. It then goes on to deal with specific conflicts in London and the regions in terms of class and culture, whereby the London scene is shown as being untypical for the nation as a whole. As such it presents the reader with an entirely new perspective and a wealth of previously unpublished source material. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780521474726

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Synopsis: With the exception of the occasional local case study, music-hall history has until now been presented as the history of the London halls. This book attempts to redress the balance by setting music-hall history within a national perspective. Kift argues that before the 1890s the halls catered to a predominantly working-class and lower middle-class audience of both sexes and all ages and that they were instrumental in giving these classes a strong and self-confident identity. The halls' ability to sustain a distinct class-awareness was one of their greatest strengths - but this factor was also at the root of many of the controversies which surrounded them. These controversies are at the centre of the book and Kift treats them as test cases for vertical and horizontal social relations which provide fresh insights into nineteenth-century British society and politics.

Book Description: "...very solid and meticulously researched achievement...firmly based in the scholarly literature on the halls while definitely extending its boundaries. It is an important historical study of Victorian popular culture...." Michael Pickering, Victorian Studies

"...a vital contribution to the field, the result of pioneering research that sets the halls in a truly national perspective for the first time. ...anyone concerned with social/cultural formations in Victorian Britain will need to take full account of the complexity and loical diversity in the development of cultural institutions, and in their relations with the wider society, that Dagmar Kift has demonstrated so effectively in this book. It will be indispensable to all students of the music halls, and of great value to historians of nineteenth century culture and society." Philemon Eva, Journal of Social History

"...Kift provides an excellent overview of recent work on the music hall as well as groundbreaking analyses of the provincial halls and their legal troubles. important book that brings fresh evidence and sophisticated interpretation to the complex interelations of popular entertainment, audiences, local government, and pressure groups." Martha Vicinus, American Historical Review

"...providing a mine of knowledge and resources for future scholarship." Essays in Theatre

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