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From the Publisher"Whether for the classroom or for pleasure reading, Nance's work adds a fresh dimension to the study of folklore by illuminating the social influences of North Africa and West and South Asia."
-Journal of American Folkore
"Deeply researched. . . . Richly drawn chapters. . . . Provides a substantial archive to complement our understanding of the American orientalist tradition."
-Journal of American History
"[This] is a well-researched and engaging study of a wide variety of people….The strength of the book is its dense archival research."
-Journal of American Studies
"Surprises with its persuasiveness and originality."
-Saudi Aramco World
"Susan Nance's creative and intellectually provocative book is at once ambitious and focused without being parochial. . . . A valuable contribution to a growing body of literature on American relationships to the East or Orient. . . . This elegantly written book will be of interest to a wide range of readers . . . who will learn a great deal from the evocative and richly detailed narrative that it constructs; a narrative that forces us to reconsider our historical assumptions."
-American Historical Review
"Rich, provocative, and full of fascinating and little-known stories, this book makes a real contribution and will lead to many lively debates. What is particularly innovative about Nance's approach is her documentation of how Middle Eastern performers actively shaped popular perceptions rather than merely embodying American stereotypes about the Middle East."
- Laura Browder, author of Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America