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Body KnowledgePerformance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century$
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Mary Simonson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199898015

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898015.001.0001

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Performing Intermediality in The Passing Show of 1913

Performing Intermediality in The Passing Show of 1913

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(p.189) Finale Performing Intermediality in The Passing Show of 1913
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Body Knowledge
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Mary Simonson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898015.003.0008

Like the finale of a vaudeville show, this chapter brings the themes and actors presented in preceding chapters “back on stage” through an examination of the Shubert Brother’s answer to the Ziegfeld Follies revue, The Passing Show of 1913. The show’s act 1 Finale, “The Capitol Steps,” gestures toward a number of the performances and intermedial performance strategies discussed throughout the book in order to both negotiate cultural issues and create meaning and humor. This number and the shorter version of it staged as Escalade at the London Hippodrome demonstrate the centrality of reference to American popular genres in the early years of the century, the fluidity of these genres and their performers, and just how definitive intermedial aesthetics were in American entertainment at the turn of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   The Passing Show of 1914, “The Capitol Steps”, performance, intermedial aesthetics, Escalade, revue, American entertainment

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