Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance

Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance

by Marvin McAllister


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ISBN-13: 9781469618807
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 857,713
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 3.10(d)

About the Author

Marvin McAllister is assistant professor of English and African American studies at the University of South Carolina and author of White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour: William Brown's African and American Theater. He has worked as a dramaturg for theatrical productions in New York, Chicago, the District of Columbia, and Seattle.

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Ambitious in scope, meticulously researched, and written in a thoroughly engaging style, Whiting Up is a much-needed cultural analysis of African-American whiteface performance—cakewalks, Sunday promenades, acting, and comedy shows—from the late eighteenth century to the present. This book will have a major impact on cultural studies, performance studies, African American studies, critical race studies, and literary criticism.—Malini Johar Schueller, University of Florida, author of Locating Race: Global Sites of Post-Colonial Citizenship and U.S. Orientalisms: Race, Nation and Gender in Literature, 1790–1890

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