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Ceremonies and spectacles : performing American culture /
edited by Teresa Alves, Teresa Cid, Heinz Ickstadt ; with contributions from Charles Altieri ... [et al.].
Amsterdam : VU University Press, c2000.
426 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Amsterdam : VU University Press, c2000.
general note
Papers presented at the Conference of the European Association for American Studies (EAAS), held in Lisbon, Portugal, Apr. 3-6, 1998.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
The Transparent Eyeball and Other American Spectaclesp. 3
The Dubious Spectacle of Collective Identityp. 21
Reenactments: "Ghost Town" and the American Search for a Sustaining Mythologyp. 38
Domestic Theater: Parlor Entertainments as Spectacle, 1840-1880p. 48
The Emergence of an American Mentality: The Cultural Work of Antebellum Stage Entertainmentsp. 63
The Cultural Significance of Opera in Nineteenth-Century Americap. 82
The Americanization of the World and the Spectacle of the American Exhibits at the 1900 Paris Universal Expositionp. 93
Americanization and Cultural Imperialism: American Mass Culture and the European Sense of Historyp. 101
New England Forefathers' Day Celebrations Between the American Revolution and the Civil Warp. 111
Funeral Pageantry and National Unity: The Death and Burial of John Quincy Adamsp. 144
Creating a National Heritage, Denying a National Crisis: The Atlantic Cable Celebrations and Atlantic Cable Poetryp. 152
Advertising America, Constructing the Nation: Rituals of the Homefront During the Great Warp. 161
The Self-Representation of Power: The 'Light Golden Jubilee' in Honor of Thomas A. Edison at the Edge of the Great Depressionp. 175
Union Fighting as Performance: The Case of Mary Jonesp. 193
Mocking Americanization: The Processional as Mode of Satirical Critiquep. 201
"Aleph, Beth, Kaddish": Language, Ceremony, and Jewish-American Identityp. 221
Rituals of Race: Gender Representations in African-American Pageantry and the Exotic Motivep. 230
Jazz Funerals and the Second Line: African-American Celebration and Public Space in New Orleansp. 238
Stripping the Emperor: The Africanist Presence in American Concert Dancep. 273
Spectacular Anti-Spectacle: Ecstasy and Nationality in Whitman and his Heirsp. 289
Frost as Virile Poet: The Queer Politics of Heterosexualityp. 313
Technologies of Self in the Poetry of Sylvia Plathp. 326
Marsden Hartley's North Atlantic Folk: Constructing the Northern Race and the New Americanp. 333
Women on the Verge of a Semiotic Breakdown: The Work of Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, and Barbara Krugerp. 348
Dressing for Sacrifice: The Spectacle of the Child/Woman from Little Eva to JonBenet Ramseyp. 363
"Celebrating Aids": Quilts, Confessions, and Questions of National Identityp. 381
Edward Abbey's Personal Parks in Desert Solitairep. 394
The American Desert as a Space of Contested Identitiesp. 408
Notes on Contributorsp. 422
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