University of Queensland
Melissa Bellanta is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland, working in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. She is a cultural historian interested in popular theatre in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Australia. Her work appears in the Journal of Australian Studies, History Australia, Labour History, the Journal of Religious History, and elsewhere. She also writes a blog on her work in progress and scholarly life: http://www.bellanta.wordpress.com.
ArticlesImagine this historical scene, if you will. It is 1892, and you are up in the gallery at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney, taking in an English burlesque. The people around you have just found out that Alice Leamar will not be performing her famed turn in Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay tonight, a high-kicking Can-Canesque number, very much the dance du jour. Your fellow audience...Read more