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Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody

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Long before the satirical comedy of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were the hottest send-ups of the day's political and cultural obsessions. Gilbert and Sullivan's productions always rose to the level of social commentary, despite being impertinent, absurd, or inane. Some viewers may take them straight, but ...more
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published October 29th 2010 by Columbia University Press
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Discusses the Savoy Operas in terms of their relationship to Victorian society. Some interesting ideas. Very nice illustrations. I would point out that Isaac Asimov had a solution to the end of "The Sorcerer."
I learned some interesting new facts about the operettas, but thought the book too long. It belabored the obvious points that G&S parodied theater genres (like melodrama and extravaganza), societal roles defined by gender, and nationalism. I think the ideas would have been better condensed into a journal article.
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