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Women of the American circus, 1880-1940

Author: Katherine H Adams; Michael L Keene
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Publishers, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1880 to 1940, glory days of American circus, one third to one half of cast members were women. Diaries, autobiographies, newspaper accounts, films, posters, route books, stories told by circus women, recount tableaux, freak shows, girlie shows, tiger acts, and aerial performance, beginning with representations of women as circus performers and moving to performances themselves"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Biography
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Adams, Katherine H., 1954-
Women of the American circus, 1880-1940.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012
(DLC) 2012035866
(OCoLC)796760279
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine H Adams; Michael L Keene
ISBN: 9781476600796 1476600791 128368778X 9781283687782
OCLC Number: 813843964
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
Acknowledgments --
Contents --
Preface --
Introduction --
Part One: Media Depictions: The Stories Told About Circus People --
1. Circus in the Established Media: Unnatural, Scandalous, Perilous --
2. Circus by Press Agents: Contradictory Extremes --
3. Circus Books for Children: Gendered Romantic Dreams --
4. Romanticized Books for Men and Women --
5. The Complexities of Filmic Representation --
Part Two: Circus Depictions: The Stories Circus People Told --
6. Separation and the Status of Other --
7. Entering a Circus Career --
8. Behavior Rules for Women and Their Contracts --
9. The Rigors of Practice --
10. Life on the Road and Rails --
11. Scanty Dress --
12. The (Diffi cult) Road to Success --
Part Three: The Circus Comes to Town --
13. The Power of the Poster --
14. The Unloading and the Parade --
15. To the Menageries, Games of Chance and the Sideshows --
16. Into the Dressing Tents --
17. The Big Show/The Circus Gaze --
18. Late-Night Girlie Shows --
Part Four: The Women Ranked and Seen --
19. Ballet Girls --
20. Statuary/Tableaux Artists --
21. Mostly Stationary Freaks --
22. The Silent Assistant and the Magic Act --
23. Equestrians --
24. Trainers of Wild Animals --
25. Aerial Artists --
26. Bike/Car Tricksters --
27. Sharpshooters --
28. Clowns --
29. Circus Managers/Owners --
30. Toward the End of a Career --
Conclusion --
Works Cited --
Index.
Responsibility: Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene.

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"In 1880 to 1940, glory days of American circus, one third to one half of cast members were women. Diaries, autobiographies, newspaper accounts, films, posters, route books, stories told by circus women, recount tableaux, freak shows, girlie shows, tiger acts, and aerial performance, beginning with representations of women as circus performers and moving to performances themselves"--Provided by publisher.

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