Early African Entertainments Abroad: From the Hottentot Venus to Africa's First Olympians - Africa and the Diaspora (Paperback)
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Early African Entertainments Abroad: From the Hottentot Venus to Africa's First Olympians - Africa and the Diaspora (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 25/11/2014
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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.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299301644
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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Highly recommended, undergraduates though faculty; general readers. Choice
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"This book will surprise you and may shock you. Its fascinating case studies reveal how Africans and people of color were exhibited as freaks, or became genuine entertainers enjoying their craft, in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe and America. It is also a serious study showing how 'racial science' was popularized to justify to the European and American masses the conquest and subjugation of Africa and Africans."--Neil Parsons, author of Clicko the Dancing Bushman

"Highly recommended, undergraduates though faculty; general readers."--Choice

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