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- DescriptionIn 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 parama 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 public-through dress, movement, and theatrical techlogies-to defamiliarize the spectacle of blackness in the transatlantic imaginary. Brooks pieces together reviews, letters, playbills, fiction, and biography in order to reconstruct t only the contexts of African American performance but also the reception of the stagings of bodily insurgency which she examines. Throughout the book, she juxtaposes unlikely texts and entertainers in order to illuminate the complicated transatlantic cultural landscape in which black performers intervened. She places Adah Isaacs Menken, a star of spectacular theatre, next to Sojourner Truth, showing how both used similar strategies of physical gesture to complicate one-dimensional tions of race and gender. She also considers Henry Box Brown's public re-enactments of his escape from slavery, the Pan-Africanist discourse of Bert Williams's and George Walker's musical In Dahomey (1902-04), and the relationship between gender politics, performance, and New Negro activism in the fiction of the velist and playwright Pauline Hopkins and the postbellum stage work of the cakewalk dancer and choreographer Aida Overton Walker. Highlighting the integral connections between performance and the construction of racial identities, Brooks provides a nuanced understanding of the vitality, complexity, and influence of black performance in the United States and throughout the black Atlantic.
- Author BiographyDaphne A. Brooks is Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, and American Studies at Yale University. She is the author of Jeff Buckley's Grace.
- Author(s)Daphne A. Brooks
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication18/07/2006
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note23 illustrations
- Weight654 g
- Width154 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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