Category Archives: Allen, Robert C.
Robert Allen discusses the emergence of burlesque, one of the pivotal chapters in the history of American popular entertainment. 587 – Horrible Prettiness
According to Robert Allen, the development of American popular entertainment stems from nineteenth-century theatrical forms including vaudeville, burlesque, dime museum performances, and circuses. But these forms underwent a fragmentation of their audience following the Civil War that reflected social classes … Continue reading
Robert Allen addresses popular culture and televised series in this episode of Soundings. How many of us have not enjoyed soap operas on radio or TV, whether openly or secretly? Why do soap operas provoke violent attack and zealous defense? In … Continue reading
Robert Allen, John Kuiper, and Russell Merritt discuss the history and future of cinema in the United States, saying that, by 1947, weekly moviegoers in the nation outnumbered the entire American population many times over. From their beginnings, movies clearly constituted important … Continue reading