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The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum's America

The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum's America

by Benjamin Reiss


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ISBN-13: 9780674055643
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,020,627
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English, Emory University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Dark Subject 1

I Death and Dying

1 Possession 13

2 The Celebrated Curiosity 28

3 Private Acts, Public Memories 52

4 Sacred and Profane 71

5 Culture Wars 90

6 Love, Automata, and India Rubber 106

7 Spectacle 126

II Resurrection

8 Authenticity and Commodity 143

9 Exposure and Mastery 159

10 Erasure 183

III Life

11 A Speculative Biography 211

Note to the 2010 Printing 225

Notes 227

Index 261

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Bryan J. Wolf

This book shares in a long and distinguished tradition of social and cultural histories that transform 'ordinary' events in the past into extraordinary windows onto their worlds.
Bryan J. Wolf, Yale University

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A good and engaging read. A mystery story, an attempt to sort through conflicting, often fragmentary, evidence to give the most plausible account of a bizarre, perhaps transformative, moment in American popular culture.
Ronald G. Walters, Johns Hopkins University

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