The following required texts should be read in full, whether specifically
assigned in the time table or not. Some forms
will ONLY be dealt with via readings; others will be covered largely through
video/film presentation. Consequently, it is critical that you keep
up with reading and writing assignments and, as stated in the general outline,
that you miss as few classes as possible.
- Don B. Wilmeth, Variety Entertainment And Outdoor Amusements
(as of this writing my book is out of stock. I will,
consequently, supply you with photocopies of the summary essay portions; you
will have to look at the reserve copy for assessments of sources and bibliographies).
You NEED NOT do writing responses to this source, though
if you do you will received extra credit. Nevertheless these readings will
supply you with basic overviews of each major form and thus you are urged
do this reading for each form prior to all other.
- McNamara, Brooks. American Popular Entertainments
(this is also out of print, so I shall try and photocopy portions of this).
- Kasson, John F. Amusing The Million
- Kasson, Joy S. Buffalo Bill's Wild West (recent book)
- Allen. Robert C. Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque And American Culture
- Rydell, Robert, et al. Fair America (recent book)
- Schechter, Joel. The Pickle Clowns (recent book)
- Bean, Annemarie, et al., Inside The Minstrel Mask
- Dennett, Andrea. Weird And Wonderful
- McNamara, Brooks. Step Right Up
- Nasaw, David Going Out
- Slout, William L. Theatre in a Tent (recently updated and reprinted)
- Syder, Robert. The Voice of the City (on vaudeville)
- Collection of Essays("Readings for Popular Entertainment).
Available at Allegra (Thayer and Waterman).
Payment must be made at time of order, which must be 24 hrs. before receipt
of essays. CRITICAL THAT YOU GET THIS IMMEDIATELY- before second week
Books that are on reserve in the Becker Library are indicated with a green
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