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The American musical and the formation of national identity

Author: Raymond Knapp
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Along with jazz & the American motion picture, the American musical is a distinctive art form that emerged in the first half of the 20th century. Raymond Knapp explores its origins & the themes that have dominated up to the modern day.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Knapp
ISBN: 0691126135 9780691126135
OCLC Number: 63398492
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Awards: Winner of George Freedley Memorial Award 2004
Description: ix, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Contexts and strategies --
Nineteenth-century European roots : models and topics --
Early American developments : minstrelsy, extravaganza, pantomime, burlesque, vaudeville --
American song through Tin Pan Alley --
Whose (who's) America? --
American mythologies --
Counter-mythologies --
Race and ethnicity --
Dealing with the Second World War --
Exoticism --
Afterword : other directions, other identities.
Responsibility: Raymond Knapp.

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The American musical has achieved and maintained relevance to more people in America than any other performance-based art. This history of the genre, intended for readers of all stripes, offers  Read more...

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Winner of the 2004-2005 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism Finalist for the 2004 George Freedley Memorial Award, The Theatre Library Association "Knapp does an excellent job of tracing Read more...

 
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