Alexandra Appleton

in Victorian Literature

ISBN: 9780199799558
Published online February 2012 | | DOI:

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Pantomime was a popular Victorian theatrical genre that drew on centuries of European performance styles. It grew in popularity throughout the 19th century, referred to by many as the “Golden Age” of the British pantomime, and culminated with the lavish spectacles at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane at the end of the century. It was during this era that the pantomime became synonymous with Christmas entertainment and frivolity. However, traditionally, little academic attention has been paid to the genre because of its light, popular appeal. It is only in recent years that scholars have begun to explore the cultural politics of the genre and to place it in its wider social and theatrical context.

Article.  9166 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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