The comedy and legacy of music-hall women 1880-1920: brazen impudence and boisterous vulgarity

Beale, Samantha ORCID: (2020) The comedy and legacy of music-hall women 1880-1920: brazen impudence and boisterous vulgarity. Palgrave Studies in Comedy . Palgrave MacMillian, Switzerland. ISBN 9783030479404, e-ISBN 9783030479411. [Book] (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-47941-1)


This book explores the comedy and legacy of women working as performers on the music-hall stage from 1880–1920, and examines the significance of their previously overlooked contributions to British comic traditions. Focusing on the under-researched female ‘serio-comic’, the study includes six micro-histories detailing the acts of Ada Lundberg, Bessie Bellwood, Maidie Scott, Vesta Victoria, Marie Lloyd and Nellie Wallace. Uniquely for women in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, these pioneering performers had public voices. The extent to which their comedy challenged Victorian and Edwardian perceptions of women is revealed through explorations of how they connected with popular audiences while also avoiding censorship. Their use of techniques such as comic irony and stereotyping, self-deprecation, and comic innuendo are considered alongside the work of contemporary stand-up comedians and performance artists including Bridget Christie, Bryony Kimmings, Sara Pascoe, Shazia Mirza and Sarah Silverman.

Item Type: Book
Keywords (uncontrolled): Comedy studies
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Theatre Arts group
Item ID: 31328
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Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 23:35
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2021 13:28

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