The Construction of Race through the Spectacle of Nineteenth-Century
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.