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...

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Main Author: Dawson, Melanie, 1967-
Format: eBook
Published: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2005]
Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Table of Contents:
  • 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.