By Laura Monros-Gaspa
The Victorian classical burlesque was once a favored theatrical style of the mid-19th century. It parodied historical tragedies with song, melodrama, pastiche, cruel satire and gender reversal. Immensely well known in its day, the style used to be additionally intensely metatheatrical and consists of importance for reception reports, the position and belief of ladies in Victorian society and the tradition of inventive censorship.This anthology comprises the annotated textual content of 4 significant classical burlesques: Antigone Travestie (1845) by means of Edward L. Blanchard, Medea; or, the easiest of moms with a Brute of a Husband (1856) by way of Robert Brough, Alcestis; the unique Strong-Minded lady (1850) and Electra in a brand new electrical mild (1859) by way of Francis Talfourd. The cultural and textual annotations spotlight the alterations made to the scripts from the manuscripts despatched to the Lord Chamberlain's workplace and, via explaining the topical allusions and satire, elucidate parts of the burlesques' renowned cultural milieu.An in-depth severe creation discusses the historic contexts of the plays' premieres and unveils the cultural methods in the back of the reception of the myths and unique tragedies. because the burlesques mixed marvelous results with allusions to modern affairs, ambivalent and provocative attitudes to ladies, the performs signify a necessary software for interpreting the social heritage of the period.