Performing Anti-Slavery

Performing Anti-Slavery : Activist Women on Antebellum Stages

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In Performing Anti-Slavery, Gay Gibson Cima reimagines the connection between the self and the other within activist performance, providing fascinating new insights into women's nineteenth-century reform efforts, revising the history of abolition, and illuminating an affective repertoire that haunts both present-day theatrical stages and anti-trafficking organizations. Cima argues that black and white American women in the nineteenth-century abolitionist movement transformed mainstream performance practices into successful activism. In family circles, literary associations, religious gatherings, and transatlantic anti-slavery societies, women debated activist performance strategies across racial and religious differences: they staged abolitionist dialogues, recited anti-slavery poems, gave speeches, shared narratives, and published essays. Drawing on liberal religious traditions as well as the Eastern notion of transmigration, Elizabeth Chandler, Sarah Forten, Maria W. Stewart, Sarah Douglass, Lucretia Mott, Ellen Craft and others forged activist pathways that reverberate to this day.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 9 b/w illus.
  • 1139899694
  • 9781139899697

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. From sentimental sympathy to activist self-judgment; 2. From the suffering of others to a 'compassion for ourselves'; 3. 'Beyond our traditions' to a provisional, practical activism; 4. From anti-slavery celebrity to cosmopolitan self-possession; Epilogue: the repertoire of anti-trafficking.show more

About Gay Gibson Cima

Gay Gibson Cima is a Professor of English at Georgetown University. In 2012 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Women and Theatre Program. Her book Early American Women Critics: Performance, Religion, Race (2006) won the 2007 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research. A recipient of ASTR's Kahan Prize, she has published widely on feminist performance history and critical race theory in journals such as Theatre Survey and Theatre Journal as well as anthologies including Changing the Subject: Marvin Carlson and Theatre Studies, 1959-2009 (2009) and The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies (2006).show more