Cities Of The Dead

Cities Of The Dead

by Joseph R. Roach
     
 

Artfully interweaving theatrical, musical, and ritual performance from the eighteenth century to the present in London and New Orleans, Roach explores Atlantic rim performance cultures in a rich continuum of intercultural exchange that reinvents, recreates, and restores history. Complemented with fifty-five illustrations, including spectacular photos of the famed

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Overview

Artfully interweaving theatrical, musical, and ritual performance from the eighteenth century to the present in London and New Orleans, Roach explores Atlantic rim performance cultures in a rich continuum of intercultural exchange that reinvents, recreates, and restores history. Complemented with fifty-five illustrations, including spectacular photos of the famed Mardi Gras Indians, this fascinating work employs an entirely unique approach to the study of culture. Rather than focusing on one region, Cities of the Dead explores broad cultural connections over place and time, showing through myriad examples how performance can revise the unwritten past.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231104609
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
The Social Foundations of Aesthetic Forms Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
0.94(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joseph Roach is professor of English at Tulane University. He is the author of The Player's Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting, which won the Barnard Hewitt Award, and coeditor, with Janeele Reinelt, of Critical Theory and Performance.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments

1. Introduction: History, Memory, and PerformanceCircum-Atlantic MemoryLocations and BearingsMaterials and MethodsThe Everlasting ClubGenealogies of Performance

2 Echoes in the BoneThe EffigyPerforming OriginsThe Segregation of the DeadBodies of LawCongo SqaureThe King is Dead-Long Live the King!

3. Betterton's Funeral"Sticks and Rags": The Celebrity as EffigyVortices of BehaviorThe Life of Betterton: Talking with the DadCanonical Memory and Theatrical NationhoodThe Pinacotheca BettertonaeanaL Bibliography of originWhite SKin, Black Masks

4 Feathered PeoplesThe Accursed Share: Abundance, Reproduction, and SacrificeCondolence Councils and the Great PeaceWindsor Forest Dimplomacy

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