New Humor in the Progressive Era, Rick Desrochers Hardcover

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New Humor in the Progressive Era, Rick Desrochers Hardcover.
Between 1881 and 1928, comic vaudevillians used the new humor of burlesque to push and redefine the boundaries of class, ethnicity, and gender in the defiance of progressive era efforts at Americanization. Using satire, broad physical behavior, and mocking the propriety of the middle class, the new humor of vaudeville comedy was intentionally disruptive to Anglo-American values. By tracing the effects of unprecedented immigration, the advent of the new woman, and the little-known vaudeville careers of Buster Keaton, W. C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Will Rogers, and Mae West, DesRochers examines the relationship between comedic vaudeville acts and progressive reformers as they fought over the new definition of "American-ness".


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