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Street Scenes: Staging the Self in Immigrant New York, 1880-1924

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Overview

The turn of the twentieth century in New York City was characterized by radical transformation as the advent of consumer capitalism confronted established social hierarchies, culture, and conceptions of selfhood. The popular stage existed in a symbiotic relationship with the city and uniquely captured the contested terms of immigrant identity of the time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816645213
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part I The City as Theater Performativity and Urban Space

1 The Epistemology of the City 3

2 Detecting, Acting, and the Hierarchy of the Social Body 27

3 Crossing the Bowery: Female Slumming and the Theater of Urban Space 53

4 Eros and Americanization: The Rise of David Levinsky, or the Etiquette of Race and Sex 81

Part II Stages of Identity Performing Ethnic Subjects

5 Juggling Identities: The Case of an Italian American Clown 101

6 My Other/My Self: Impersonation and the Rehearsal of Otherness 125

7 The Truth of Racial Signs: Civilizing the Jewish Comic 159

8 Blackface, Jewface, Whiteface: Racial Impersonation Revisited 187

Notes 213

Index 263

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