Laboring to play : home entertainment and the spectacle of middle-class cultural life, 1850-1920 /
"Drawing from 19th- and early-20th-century fiction, guidebooks on leisure, periodicals and newspaper columns, and a polemical examination of class structures, this book interrogates the ways that leisure performances (such as parlor games, charades, home dramas, and tableaux vivants) encouraged...
University of Alabama Press,
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- Labor, leisure, and the scope of ungenteel play
- Dramatic regression : the borrowed pleasures and privileges of youth
- The social body and the severed head : the cultural work of grotesque play
- Skills rewarded : women's lives transformed through entertainment
- Staging disaster : turn-of-the-century entertainment scenes and the failure of personal transformation
- Old games, new narratives, and the specter of a generational divide
- Imagined unity : entertainment's communal spectacles and shared histories.