Parody, Gender and Gilbert & Sullivan

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    Hour 2

    Brush up on your Gilbert and Sullivan patter: “And his legs will take root, and his fingers will shoot and they’ll blossom and bud like a fruit tree…” Iolanthe is one of the many operas of Gilbert and Sullivan that Rutgers New Brunswick English professor, CAROLYN WILLIAMS, has dissected in her new book, Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody. These operas were both popular and subversive send-ups of British Victorian traditions and stereotypes. Williams will come into the studio to talk about her book and we’ll play excerpts of some of her and Marty’s favorite Gilbert and Sullivan songs.

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