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Babylon girls : black women performers and the shaping of the modern

Author: Jayna Brown
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a cultural history of the African American women who performed in variety shows - chorus lines, burlesque revues, cabaret acts, and the like - between 1890 and 1945. This book describes the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jayna Brown
ISBN: 9780822390695 0822390698
OCLC Number: 1086530530
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 339 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduct ion --
1. "Little Black Me" : The Touring Picaninny Choruses --
2. Letting the Flesh Fly: Topsy, time, Torture, and Transfiguration --
3. "Egyptian Beauties" and "Creole Queens" : The Performance of City and Empire on the Fin-de-Si©♭cle Black Burlesque Stage --
4. The cakewalk business --
5. Everybody's Doing It : Social Dance, Segregation, and the New Body --
6. Babylon Girls : Primitivist Modernism, Anti-modernism, and Black Chorus Line Dancers --
7. Translocations : Florence Mills, Josephine Baker, and Valaida Snow --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jayna Brown.

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