African-American performance and theater history : a by Harry Justin Elam; David Krasner PDF
By Harry Justin Elam; David Krasner
An anthology of serious writings that explores the intersections of race, theater, and function in America.
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As Stowe presents her, Aunt Chloe’s mothering of her own children may be questionable, but her loyalty to her mate is not. She, when warned by Eliza of Tom’s impending sale, urges Tom to run away. Stowe also presents a scene in which Aunt Chloe conspires with Mrs. Shelby in order to prolong a dinner after which the slave trader Haley plans to take possession of Eliza’s son Harry. 38 Chloe also reappears at the end of the novel, having presented the Shelbys with the fruit of her labor as a baker in order to purchase Tom’s freedom.
Because she was so distant from appropriate behaviors, audiences could revel in her ridiculousness. Yet, even at her most ridiculous, she is threatening. As a character, she is a black woman who behaves badly and who cannot be controlled. As a stage presence, she is a white woman covered in blackness and freed to enact behaviors well outside of the realm of a proper woman’s etiquette. ”21 Even in the most stereotypical reading of Topsy, there is a representational excess: Topsy is still a stereotype, but she grows.
13. Richard Schechner, Between Theater andAnthropology(Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985), 35. 14. Elin Diamond, Performance & Cultural Politics (New York: Routledge, 1996), 2. 15. Mimi McGurl, unpublished essay, 9. 16. See W. T. : Wesleyan University Press, 1996); and Dale Cockrell, Demons of Disorder (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997). 17. ” in Questions of Cultural Identity, ed. Stuart Hall and Paul du Gay (London: Sage, 1996), 4. 18. These questions are appropriated from Eve Sedgwick and Andrew Parker, “Introduction,” Performance and Performativity (New York: Routledge, 1995), 1.
African-American performance and theater history : a critical reader by Harry Justin Elam; David Krasner