Social Discourse in the Savoy Theatre's Productions of The Nautch Girl (1891) and Utopia Limited (1893): Exoticism and Victorian Self-Reflection Metadata

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  • Main Title Social Discourse in the Savoy Theatre's Productions of The Nautch Girl (1891) and Utopia Limited (1893): Exoticism and Victorian Self-Reflection


  • Author: Hicks, William L.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Cooper, J. Michael
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Notley, Margaret
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: McKnight, Mark
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2003-08
  • Digitized: 2003-08-28


  • English


  • Content Description: As a consequence to Gilbert and Sullivan's famed Carpet Quarrel, two operettas with decidedly "exotic" themes, The Nautch Girl; or, The Rajah of Chutneypore, and Utopia Limited; or, The Flowers of Progress were presented to London audiences. Neither has been accepted as part of the larger Savoy canon. This thesis considers the conspicuous business atmosphere of their originally performed contexts to understand why this situation arose. Critical social theory makes it possible to read the two documents as overt reflections on British imperialism. Examined more closely, however, the operettas reveal a great deal more about the highly introverted nature of exotic representation and the ambiguous dialogue between race and class hierarchies in late nineteenth-century British society.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Solomon, Edward, 1855-1895. Nautch girl.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Sullivan, Arthur, Sir, 1842-1900. Utopia Limited.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Savoy Theatre (London, England)
  • Keyword: Exoticism in music
  • Keyword: Savoy Theatre
  • Keyword: London - 1890s
  • Keyword: Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Keyword: Edward Solomon
  • Keyword: social discourse in British light opera


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Hicks, William L.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 53893607
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc4321


  • Degree Name: Master of Music
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Musicology
  • Academic Department: College of Music
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas