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Förflyttningar och förskjutningar. Den dynamiska operetten

Chapter in book
Authors Mikael Strömberg
Published in I avantgardets skugga. Brytpunkter och kontinuitet i svensk teater kring 1900 / Rikard Hoogland (red.).
Pages 115-140
ISBN 978-91-88348-92-0
Publisher Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 115-140
Language sv
Keywords theatre, history of Swedish theatre
Subject categories Performing Art Studies


This chapter examines the operetta as part of an intertextual framework and argues that transfers and shifts within this framework are important aspects for understanding the history and the function of the operetta. As primary empirical material, the article uses reviews from Swedish performances of Sidney Jones’ The Geisha, to discuss how an Asian themed operetta was developed and received in Sweden. The article further argues for the importance of studying how reviewers described the The Geisha. There seems to be a recurring theme, or trope, that treats the operetta as something in decline. A problematization of this emphasizes the operetta as part of an intertextual framework, where past, present, and future, becomes part of a dynamic exchange. The chapter also challenges the opposition between operetta and opera by showing how different artistes moved from one genre to another. This opens for a destabilization of the border between operetta as popular culture, and opera as high culture. All of this connects to the aim of the chapter, which is to argue for the importance of including popular culture when revising dominant beliefs about the past.

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