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The Soul of Pleasure: Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment

David Monod

Abstract

Show business is today so essential to American culture it's hard to imagine a time when it was marginal. But as this book demonstrates, the appetite for amusements outside the home was not “natural:” it developed slowly over the course of the nineteenth century. The book offers a new interpretation of how the taste for entertainment was cultivated. It focuses on the shifting connection between the people who built successful popular entertainments and the public who consumed them. Show people discovered that they had to adapt entertainment to the moral outlook of Americans, which they did by ... More

Keywords: show business, American culture, popular entertainment, show people, popular culture, sentimentality, sentimental entertainment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702389
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702389.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Monod, author
Wilfrid Laurier University