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Early African Entertainments Abroad: From the Hottentot Venus to Africa's First Olympians by Lindfors, Bernth
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Early African Entertainments Abroad: From the Hottentot Venus to Africa's First Olympians

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries African and pseudo-African performers were displayed as curiosities throughout Europe and America. Appearing in circuses, ethnographic exhibitions, and traveling shows, these individuals and troupes drew large crowds. As Bernth Lindfors shows, the showmen, impresarios, and even scientists who brought supposedly representative inhabitants of the "Dark Continent" to a gaping public often selected the performers for their sensational impact. Spotlighting and exaggerating physical, mental, or cultural differences, the resulting displays reinforced pernicious racial stereotypes and left a disturbing legacy.
Using period illustrations and texts, Early African Entertainments Abroad illuminates the mindset of the era's largely white audiences as they viewed wax models of Africans with tails and watched athletic competitions showcasing hungry cannibals. White spectators were thus assured of their racial superiority. And blacks were made to appear less than fully human precisely at the time when abolitionists were fighting to end slavery and establish equality.


Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Lindfors, Bernth
Published: 11/25/2014
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299301644
Pages: 248
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.60d
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Color: Blue, Purple, White
Size: 20, 24
Material: 100% Polyester
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