School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies
TH229 Pantomime, Culture and Ideology
This module option will commence with a discussion of pantomime today. We will then look at the origins of the British pantomime tradition in the commedia del arte, the development of English pantomime in the eighteenth century, Regency pantomime (when the clown, Grimaldi, became prominent), and Victorian pantomime, when the modern form we know today began to emerge from music hall, melodrama and burlesque. Finally, we will return to the twentieth-twenty-first centuries. A particular emphasis of this option will be on pantomime’s social, cultural and ideological functions and on its treatment of issues such as race, gender and class.
Jim Davis (jim dot davis at warwick dot ac dot uk)
Autumn: Friday - 13.30-15.30 - G53