Operetta Research Center
12 November, 2015
One of the most interesting young German scholars in the field of operetta research and examining the entertainment industry, Tobias Becker, has published his dissertation. Inszenierte Moderne: Populäres Theater in Berlin und London, 1880-1930 was released by De Gruyter, which will bring a smile to the Dutch users of the Operetta Research Center.
Here is the official statement about this new book: “Modern popular culture was born on the stage. Before film and radio, theatre developed into a commercial, transnational entertainment industry that catered to a mass audience. In his book, Tobias Becker compares the theatrescapes of Berlin and London and reconstructs the cultural exchange between these two important sites of modernity in the decades between 1880 and 1930 by looking at the most popular genres of the day: operetta, musical comedy and revue. His study shows how theatre was transformed by the social and cultural upheavals of the time and how it represented them on the stage. Thereby the book contributes to the history of theatre and European popular culture as well as to the history of Berlin and London and the Anglo-German relationship.”
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