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Burlesque originated in 17th century Italian theater as a type of comic interlude. The word derives from the Italian “burla,” a joke, ridicule or mockery.
Burlesque can be applied to literature, music and theater. It’s often a form of humorous parodies or pastiches of serious dramatic or classical works. It was related and partly derived from the English tradition of pantomime, in which a musical theatre parodied a serious work such as a Shakespeare play, with the addition of music and songs and humorous verse.
A certain level of literacy was assumed of audience members, as burlesque often made…
Source: 1890: Victorian burlesque dancers and their elaborate costumes
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