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Africans on Stage : Studies in Ethnological Show Business

Africans on Stage : Studies in Ethnological Show Business - 99 edition

Africans on Stage : Studies in Ethnological Show Business - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780253212450

ISBN10: 0253212456

Africans on Stage : Studies in Ethnological Show Business by Bernth  Ed. Lindfors - ISBN 9780253212450
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Africans on Stage : Studies in Ethnological Show Business by Bernth  Ed. Lindfors - ISBN 9780253212450

ISBN13: 9780253212450

ISBN10: 0253212456

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99

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Summary

Ethnological show business has a very long history in Europe. It became increasingly common after advances in navigational technology put Europeans in touch with human communities all over the globe.

In the 19th and 20th centuries some of the most interesting individuals and groups exhibited in Europe and America came from Africa. What did the average spectator think of such representatives of the "Dark Continent"? If the display was a dramatic one- -that is, if the Africans sang, danced or acted out events--what opinions did observers form of them as performers and human beings? How was the spectacle staged, and who organized and managed the show? How authentic were these performances? From where did the performers actually come? What notions about Africa were these exhibits meant to convey?

Africans On Stage is a book about how these three groups--players, promotors, and spectators--helped to shape European and American perceptions of Africans.

Author Bio

Lindfors, Bernth : University of Texas at Austin

Bernth Lindfors is Professor of English and American Literatures at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founding editor of the journal of Research in African Literatures and has written and edited a number of books on African verbal arts.

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