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during this surprisingly wide-ranging learn, spanning greater than a century and protecting such various different types of expressive tradition as Shakespeare, important Park, symphonies, jazz, artwork museums, the Marx Brothers, opera, and vaudeville, a number one cultural historian demonstrates how variable and dynamic cultural barriers were and the way fragile and up to date the cultural different types we've got realized to just accept as typical and everlasting are.
for many of the 19th century, a large choice of expressive forms--Shakespearean drama, opera, orchestral song, portray and sculpture, in addition to the writings of such authors as Dickens and Longfellow--enjoyed either excessive cultural prestige and mass recognition. within the 19th century american citizens (in addition to no matter what particular ethnic, category, and neighborhood cultures they have been a part of) shared a public tradition much less hierarchically geared up, much less fragmented into particularly inflexible adjectival groupings than their descendants have been to event. by means of the 20 th century this cultural eclecticism and openness grew to become more and more infrequent. Cultural area was once extra sharply outlined and no more versatile than it have been. The theater, as soon as a microcosm of America--housing either the whole spectrum of the inhabitants and the whole variety of leisure from tragedy to farce, juggling to ballet, opera to minstrelsy--now fragmented into discrete areas catering to specified audiences and separate genres of expressive tradition. an identical transition happened in live performance halls, opera homes, and museums. A turning out to be chasm among "serious" and "popular," among "high" and "low" tradition got here to dominate America's expressive arts.
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