Marvellous Melbourne’s Middle Ages : The Burlesque Extravaganzas of W. M. Akhurst

Abstract

‘Lynch’s exploration of nineteenth-century Australian burlesque argues that while colonial Australia participated in a larger irreverent, comic culture of popular medievalism, its apparent irreverence toward the Middle Ages sometimes in fact belied a nagging sense that modern Australian public life could only be a base parody of an illustrious European past (‘Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism’, p.4)

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Published 1 October 2011 in Volume 26 No. 3-4. Subjects: Burlesques, Medievalism.

Cite as: Lynch, Andrew. ‘Marvellous Melbourne’s Middle Ages : The Burlesque Extravaganzas of W. M. Akhurst.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 26, no. 3-4 - , 2011. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.aad8829346.