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Pioneer performances : staging the frontier

Author: Matthew Rebhorn
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Wild West was popular with American audiences long before the appearance of the Hollywood western. From 1829 to 1881, playgoers throughout the nation applauded frontier dramas that celebrated conventional American values like rugged individualism and the ideology of Manifest Destiny. Yet, as Pioneer Performances shows, a more subversive cultural agenda often worked within the orthodox framework of this popular  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rebhorn, Matthew.
Pioneer performances.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011017717
(OCoLC)722451355
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Rebhorn
ISBN: 9780199921232 0199921237 1280593342 9781280593345
OCLC Number: 777262362
Description: 1 online resource (x, 207 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: manifest destinies: Buffalo Bill, Gowongo Mohawk, and the genealogy of American frontier performance --
Edwin Forrest's Redding up: elocution, theater, and the performance of the frontier --
The swamp aesthetic: James Kirke Paulding's frontiersman and the American melodrama of wonder --
The burnt-cork pioneer: T.D. Rice and minstrelsy's frontier history --
What is it?: the frontier, melodrama, and Bucicault's amalgamated drama --
The great divide: pioneer performances after the Civil War --
Afterword: Brokeback or bushwhacked--the legacies of pioneer performance.
Responsibility: Matthew Rebhorn.

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Pioneer Performances offers the first synoptic treatment of the history of American frontier performance ranging from Jacksonian America to Buffalo Bill's Wild West show at the Columbian Exposition  Read more...

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Rebhorn provides important additions to the study of theatre's involvement in the creation of the idea of manifest destiny for the white population in a westward expansion of the United States. * Read more...

 
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