Burlesque: The "Other" Side of Vaudeville by Sidney Pullen

American burlesque, as an institution, emerged in the late 1800s and evolved greatly up until the 1920s. Historically, a burlesque was a comedic work, and American burlesque originally reflected this traditional meaning of the term. In the United States and elsewhere, burlesques would parody well-known plays or operas, or significant political and social events (McNamara 2002, 5). Burlesques specifically targeted works of high culture, poking fun at these by resituating characters in more familiar settings (e.g.