Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture

By Robert C. Allen (NHC Fellow, 1986–87)

Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1991

From the publisher’s description:

Robert Allen's compelling book examines burlesque not only as popular entertainment but also as a complex and transforming cultural phenomenon. Locating burlesque within the context of both the social transformation of American theater and its patterns of gender representation, Allen concludes that burlesque represents a fascinating example of the potential transgressiveness of popular entertainment forms, as well as the strategies by which they have been contained and their threats defused.

Awards and Prizes
George Freedley Memorial Award (1991)
Choice Outstanding Academic Title (1992)
Subjects
Gender and Sexuality / Theater / Burlesque / Cultural Studies / Gender Roles / Social Norms / Performing Arts /

Allen, Robert C. (NHC Fellow, 1986–87). Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture. Cultural Studies of the United States. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1991.