Conflict-ing/-ed Neo-burlesque Bodies: From Nostalgia to Objectification and Back

Mariza Tzouni
From the first Girl Shows to the neo-burlesque spectacle, the representation of the female body was a conflicting/-ed ground in terms of format (eg. tableaux vivants, cooch and shimmy dancers or strippers) and genre transformations (eg. vaudeville, minstrel, circus, carnival, burlesque, or cabaret) to endure sociopolitical distresses and “titillate” spectatorship. Through mimicry, parody and travesty, burlesque performers often satirized the content of traditional high-class plays to entertain the working-class audiences who met difficulty in understanding...
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