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Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy Paperback – October 15, 1996

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“This fine collection contains some of the oldest jokes in U.S. history and some of the freshest scholarship in American Studies. Inside the Minstrel Mask gathers primary sources, classic nineteenth-century accounts of blackface shows, influential modern accounts of the meaning of minstrelsy as a performance and craze, and exciting new work on race, gender and humor in one of the nation’s most popular and enduring forms of entertainment.” (David Roedigger, University of Minnesota)|“Inside the Minstrel Mask is a welcome addition to our need to know what kind of creature blackface minstrelsy really was: not a monster but not a puppy either; and, most of all, a fascinating clue to neglected issues of race relations and race imagery in 19th century popular culture.” (Michele Wallace)

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6 x 9 trim. 25 illus. 6 tables. LC 96-16572

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 1st edition (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819563005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819563002
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annemarie Bean is an independent scholar living and raising her children in Vermont. She has taught in the theatre, American Studies and African American Studies Programs at Williams College and Wesleyan University. Along with Sandra L. Burton, Bean organized Stalwart Originality, an annual conference at Williams that celebrated African American performance. Additionally, Bean was a consulting historian for the New-York Historical Society's New York and the Civil War: Slavery and Society exhibition in 2006.

Bean's specialization areas are in performance studies and intercultural performance, with a particular concentration on performances of race and gender in American theatre and performance. She is the co-editor, along with James V. Hatch and Brooks McNamara, of Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy, published by Wesleyan University Press in 1996 and winner of the 1997 Errol Hill Award, given for outstanding scholarship in African American theatre studies by the American Society for Theatre Research. Professor Bean is also the editor of A Sourcebook on African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements, published by Routledge in 1999. She is currently fine-tuning her manuscript, Transperformance: Almost Crossing America. Transperformance centers on American cross-dressed and cross-raced performances on stage and television in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Winter on January 11, 2007
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I reccommend Inside the Minstrel Mask. A fascinating survey of the minstrel show, including some of the songs and skits that were popular.

Also includes some astute analysis.

Gary Winter

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