The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top (Hardback)Janet M. Davis (author)
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Davis explores the multiple ""shows"" that took place under the big top, from scripted performances to exhibitions of laborers assembling and tearing down tents to impromptu spectacles of audiences brawling, acrobats falling, and animals rampaging. Turning Victorian notions of gender, race, and nationhood topsy-turvy, the circus brought its vision of a rapidly changing world to spectators--rural as well as urban--across the nation. Even today, Davis contends, the influence of the circus continues to resonate in popular representations of gender, race, and the wider world.
|Davis examines the history and cultural significance of circuses and Wild West shows in turn-of-the-century America.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27 mm
[A] fascinating, provocative history of a democratic form of public entertainment. ("Publishers Weekly")
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