A superb examination of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas... Highly recommended.Library Journal
Rich, challenging, irritating, inspiring, provocative, just what one wants in a new G&S study, this is a worthwhile albeit tough read.
Williams substantive study is all the more praiseworthy because her biting insights into gender and sexuality, sharpened through the lens of contemporary critical theory, are tucked within what could pass as a much more staid study of Gilbert and Sullivan.
(Josephine Lee Nineteenth Century Gender Studies
Unmodified rapture should best describe the scholarly reponse to this exciting contribution to a broad swath of disciplines...
this book will be an important reference point for future discussions of Gilbert and Sullivan, gender, and the Victorian stage.
(Benjamin D. O'Dell English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920
[A] triumphant cultural history.
(Joseph Bristow Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900
Carolyn Williams highlights what ought to have been obvious all along about Gilbert and Sullivan's portrayal of gender: they're just kidding. Williams gives these wonderful works the reading they deserve.
(Robyn Warhol-Down, Ohio State University)