Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum American Popular Culture

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Dezember 1998



Blackface conventions both criticized the changes occurring in antebellum American life and helped shape images of race, gender, and class. Through the songs, dances, jokes, parodies, spoofs, and skits of blackface, white performers could satirize majority values without directly attacking them. Burnt cork served as a masking device for these entertainers, shielding them from any direct personal identification with the material they were performing.Behind the Burnt Cork Mask reassesses relationships between blackface comedy and other genres and traditions of Western theater; between the music of minstrel shows and its European sources; between blackface performance and socially constructed identities; and between "popular" and "elite" culture.


"Make[s] available much valuable and fascinating material found nowhere else in the literature on blackface minstrelsy, so much so that Behind the Burnt Cork Mask can itself serve as a primary source for further research." -- Charles Hamm, Journal of the American Musicological Society
EAN: 9780252066962
ISBN: 0252066960
Untertitel: 'Music in American Life (Paperb'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 1998
Seitenanzahl: 472 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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