Taking It Off: A History of American Burlesque *In-Person* *NEW*

Burlesque was a major form of American popular entertainment for many years, but until recently it was almost entirely ignored by cultural historians. This course examines the history of burlesque from its 19 th century beginnings to its decline and fall in the 1960s. We will look at the basics of the form, the lives of some of the great strippers, the comedians, the economics of the business, recent presentations of classic burlesque in film and other media, and the hard, gritty realities which lay behind burlesque’s sexy image.
Instructor: Allan Converse
You may be also interested in the following class: https://ccae.org/classes/offering/128/burlesque-the-beau-tease-way-in-person



Start Date

July 29, 2024









5 Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm. Begins Jul. 29

This class will meet in-person at CCAE. Please view our In-Person Class Guidelines prior to enrolling.

Instructors: Allan Converse


Allan Converse

I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in New York City. I hold degrees in history from Vassar College, Northeastern University, and Brandeis University and I have taught in several Boston area colleges and universities, including Northeastern, Emerson, and Lesley. My book Churchill’s Armies at War was published by Oxford University Press. In my spare time I do artwork, act in independent films, and write mystery fiction.