Paul Robeson and the Cold War Performance Complex: Race, Madness, Activism - Theater: Theory/Text/Performance (Hardback)Tony Perucci (author)
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Notions of Communism, blackness, and insanity were interchangeably deployed during the Cold War to discount activism such as Robeson's, just a part of an array of social and cultural practices that author Tony Perucci calls the Cold War performance complex. Focusing on two key Robeson performances-the concerts in Peekskill, New York, in 1949 and his appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956-Perucci demonstrates how these performances and the government's response to them are central to understanding the history of Cold War culture in the United States. His book provides a transformative new perspective on how the struggle over the politics of performance in the 1950s was also a domestic struggle over freedom and equality. The book closely examines both of these performance events as well as artifacts from Cold War culture-including congressional documents, FBI files, foreign policy papers, the popular literature on mental illness, and government propaganda films-to study the operation of power and activism in American Cold War culture.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 152 x 152 x 23 mm
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