Popular Entertainment Studies

An interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the investigation of all aspects of popular entertainments



A new issue of Popular Entertainment Studies is now available. Vol 11, no. 1-2 (2020)

The six articles in this edition are representative of the diverse genre mix and internationality that has been a characteristic of Popular Entertainment Studies since the first edition in 2010. Genres under consideration in this new edition are the Italian sceneggiata (a form of melodramatic theatre); circus; British pantomime; dangdut koplo (a form of Indonesian popular music); musical theatre; and theme parks. Themes that weave through these articles include: genre transformations arising from the influence of national histories; political and social influences on popular entertainments; the transnational transference of ideas via popular forms; postcolonialism; and ideas of aspiration or utopia. As the impact of Covid-19 plays out a across different forms of live entertainment, the articles in this edition quietly attest to the ways that popular entertainments evolve, transform, or simply find ways to adjust to the sweeping influences of social and political change.  
Posted: 2021-02-16

2018 Joanne Tompkins Prize for Journal Editing

In 2018 the editors of Popular Entertainment Studies, Gillian Arrighi and Victor Emeljanow, received the inaugural Joanne Tompkins Prize for Journal Editing, awarded every four years by the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies.  
Posted: 2018-12-11
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