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The Construction of Race through the Spectacle of Nineteenth-Century Bodies
American Studies Association Conference
Montreal, October 1999


Call For Papers

"The Construction of Race through the Spectacle of Nineteenth-Century Bodies"

American Studies Association Conference
Montreal, October 28-31, 1999


This proposed panel will examine the ways in which race was actively
constructed through theatrical or paratheatrical performance during the
nineteenth century.  In particular, the papers will position theorists of
performance in dialogue with scholars of American Studies.  How does a
consideration of performativity challenge Americanists to re-think beliefs
about the construction of race--and by extension, the construction of
racism and imperialism--in the nineteenth century?  Possible subjects
include (but are not limited to) Indian dramas; Tom shows; temperance
dramas; freak shows; world fairs; circuses; tableaux vivants; stock
characters such as the Yankee, backwoodsman, Irishman, or Shylockesque
Jew; minstrelsy; burlesque; or melodrama.  Please send abstract and c.v.
by January 10, 1999 to Robin Margaret Bernstein, George Washington
University, Department of American Studies, 2108 G St. NW, Washington, DC
20052, USA, or to rmb@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu.