A beautiful pageant : African American theatre, drama, and performance in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910-1927 /

The Harlem Renaissance, from 1910 to 1927, was the time when Harlem came alive with theater, drama, sports, dance, and politics. Looking at events as diverse as the prizefight between Jack Johnson and Jim βWhite Hopeγ Jeffries, the choreography of Aida Walker and Ethel Waters, the writing of Zora Ne... Full description

Main Author: Krasner, David, 1952-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Edition: 1st Palgrave Macmillan pbk. ed.
Table of Contents:
  • African American performance in the Harlem renaissance
  • PART I. 1910-1918
  • Men in black and white: race and masculinity in the heavyweight title fight of 1910
  • Exoticism, dance, and racial myths: modern dance and the class divide in the choreography of Aida Overton Walker and Ethel Waters
  • "Pageant is the thing": black nationalism and The star of Ethiopia
  • Walter Benjamin and the lynching play: mourning and allegory in Angelina Weld Grimké's Rachel
  • Migration, fragmentation, and identity: Zora Neale Hurston's Color struck and the geography of the Harlem renaissance
  • Wages of culture: Alain Locke and the folk dramas of Georgia Douglas Johnson and Willis Richardson
  • PART III. 1918-1927
  • "In the whirlwind and the storm": Marcus Garvey and the performance of black nationalism
  • Whose role is it, anyway?: Charles Gilpin and the Harlem renaissance
  • "What constitutes a race drama and how may we know it when we find it?": the little theatre movement and the black public sphere
  • Shuffle along and the quest for nostalgia: black musicals of the 1920s
  • Conclusion:
  • End of "butter side up."

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