Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910
Daphne A. BrooksISBN: 0822337223;
In Bodies in Dissent Daphne A. Brooks argues that from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, black transatlantic activists, actors, singers, and other entertainers frequently transformed the alienating conditions of social and political marginalization into modes of self-actualization through performance. Brooks considers the work of African American, Anglo, and racially ambiguous performers in a range of popular entertainment, including racial melodrama, spectacular theatre, moving panorama exhibitions, Pan-Africanist musicals, Victorian magic shows, religious and secular song, spiritualism, and dance. She describes how these entertainers experimented with different ways of presenting their bodies in publicA?A?A”through dress, movement, and theatrical technologiesA?A?A”to defamiliarize the spectacle of A?A?A?blacknessA?A?A? in the transatlantic imaginary. Brooks pieces together reviews, letters, playbills, fiction, and biography in order to reconstruct not...
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