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

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Promises to redefine the study of blackface minstrelsy, charting new directions for future inquiries by scholars in American studies, popular culture, and musicologyshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 472 pages
  • 157.48 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252066960
  • 9780252066962
  • 1,998,312

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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.show more

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"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 Societyshow more

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