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Haunted City : Three Centuries of Racial Impersonation in Philadelphia - by Christian Ducomb (Paperback)

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Covering the period from the late 18th century to the present, this accessible yet scholarly history looks at blackface makeup, blackface masking, minstrel shows, and other forms of racial impersonation in Philadelphia, such as street performance, festivals, theater, and graphic art. There is special focus on the practice of mummers wearing blackface in the city’s annual Mummer’s Parade, and the author also describes his own experiences as a participant observer as a member of a Mummer’s club and as a performer in the Mummer’s Parade. The author employs elements of theater history, performance studies, American studies, folklore, critical race theory, and art history. In addition to the Mummer’s Parade, performances examined include Slaves in Algiers. The book contains a wealth of b&w historical photos, illustrations, posters, sheet music covers, and political cartoons. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 197
Genre: Performing Arts, History, Social Science
Series Title: Theater: Theory / Text / Performance
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
Author: Christian Ducomb
Language: English
Street Date: July 7, 2017
TCIN: 52998787
UPC: 9780472053582
Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-7882
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