By Blanchard, Edward L.; Brough, Robert Barnabas; Monrós Gaspar, Laura; Talfourd, Francis
The Victorian classical burlesque used to be a well-liked theatrical style of the mid-19th century. It parodied historic tragedies with tune, melodrama, pastiche, cruel satire and gender reversal. Immensely renowned in its day, the style used to be additionally intensely metatheatrical and incorporates importance for reception stories, the position and conception of ladies in Victorian society and the tradition of creative censorship.
This anthology comprises the annotated textual content of 4 significant classical burlesques: Antigone Travestie (1845) through Edward L. Blanchard, Medea; or, the easiest of moms with a Brute of a Husband (1856) via Robert Brough, Alcestis; the unique Strong-Minded Woman (1850) and Electra in a brand new electrical Light (1859) through Francis Talfourd. The cultural and textual annotations spotlight the adjustments made to the scripts from the manuscripts despatched to the Lord Chamberlain's workplace and, via explaining the topical allusions and satire, elucidate components of the burlesques' well known cultural milieu.
An in-depth serious creation discusses the old contexts of the performs' premieres and unveils the cultural approaches at the back of the reception of the myths and unique tragedies. because the burlesques mixed awesome results with allusions to modern affairs, ambivalent and provocative attitudes to ladies, the performs characterize a vital device for interpreting the social heritage of the era.