The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top

The University of North Carolina Press - Across america, farmers left their fields, banks closed, schools canceled classes, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. Used book in Good Condition. In this entertaining and provocative book, janet davis links the flowering of the early-twentieth-century American railroad circus to such broader historical developments as the rise of big business, the breakdown of separate spheres for men and women, and the genesis of the United States' overseas empire.

In the process, she casts the circus as a powerful force in consolidating the nation's identity as a modern industrial society and world power. 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.

The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top - Even today, davis contends, race, the influence of the circus continues to resonate in popular representations of gender, and the wider world. 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.

A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town.





Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture Cultural Studies of the United States

The University of North Carolina Press - Robert allen's compelling book examines burlesque not only as popular entertainment but also as a complex and transforming cultural phenomenon. Initially playing to respectable middle-class audiences, burlesque was quickly relegated to the shadow-world of working-class male leisure. In this process the burlesque performer "lost" her voice, as burlesque increasingly revolved around the display of her body.

Locating burlesque within the context of both the social transformation of American theater and its patterns of gender representation, Allen concludes that burlesque represents a fascinating example of the potential transgressiveness of popular entertainment forms, as well as the strategies by which they have been contained and their threats defused.

Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture Cultural Studies of the United States - Used book in Good Condition. Their impertinent humor, streetwise manner, cultural commentators, and provocative parodies of masculinity brought them enormous popular success--and the condemnation of critics, and even women's rights campaigners. Burlesque was a cultural threat, allen argues, because it inverted the "normal" world of middle-class social relations and transgressed norms of "proper" feminine behavior and appearance.

When lydia thompson and her controversial female troupe of "British Blondes" brought modern burlesque to the United States in 1868, the result was electric.





Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right

Zero Books - On one side the alt right ranges from the once obscure neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous. Kill all normies explores some of the cultural genealogies and past parallels of these styles and subcultures, drawing from transgressive styles of 60s libertinism and conservative movements, to make the case for a rejection of the perpetual cultural turn.

Used book in Good Condition. Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battle ground is the internet. The feminist side of the online culture wars has its equally geeky subcultures right through to its mainstream expression. On the other side, a culture of struggle sessions and virtue signalling lurks behind a therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces.





Listening In: Radio And The American Imagination

Univ Of Minnesota Press - It is also a reconsideration of what listening to radio has done to American culture in the twentieth century and how it has brought a completely new auditory dimension to our lives. Few inventions evoke such nostalgia, such deeply personal and vivid memories as radio-from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to wolfman Jack and Howard Stern.

Susan douglas explores how listening has altered our day-to-day experiences and our own generational identities, gender roles, family dynamics, cultivating different modes of listening in different eras; how radio has shaped our views of race, ethnic barriers, leadership, and the generation gap. Douglas is professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and author of Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media.

Listening In: Radio And The American Imagination - Listening in is the first in-depth history of how radio culture and content have kneaded and expanded the American psyche. But listening In is more than a history. With her trademark wit, Douglas has created an eminently readable cultural history of radio. Douglas's wonderful book offers a sophisticated history of radio listening.

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The Arts of Deception: Playing with Fraud in the Age of Barnum

Harvard University Press - Cook explores this distinctly modern mode of trickery designed to puzzle the eye and challenge the brain. Ingenious automatons which appeared to think on their own. Barnum, these cultural puzzles confused the line between reality and illusion. Upsetting the normally strict boundaries of value, race, class, and truth, the spectacles offer a revealing look at the tastes, concerns, and prejudices of America's very first mass audiences.

Used book in Good Condition. These were some of the playful forms of fraud which astonished, and even outraged nineteenth-century America's new middle class, titillated, producing some of the most remarkable urban spectacles of the century. In the arts of Deception, James W. Cook creates an original portrait of a culture in which ambiguous objects, and acts on display helped define a new value system for the expanding middle class, images, as it confronted a complex and confusing world.

The Arts of Deception: Playing with Fraud in the Age of Barnum - T. Dubious mermaids and wild men who resisted classification. Championed by the "Prince of Humbug, " P. We are brought into the exhibition halls, and museums where imposture flourished, galleries, theaters, and into the minds of the curiosity-seekers who eagerly debated the wonders before their eyes. Used book in Good Condition.

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Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

Picador - Can't stop won't stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created. Forged in the fires of the bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement.

In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, polycultural generation's worldview, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, and transformed American politics and culture. Used book in Good Condition. Picador USA. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation - Based on original interviews with djs, and gang members, and mavericks, graffiti writers, founders, rappers, the ideas, including DJ Kool Herc, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, Afrika Bambaataa, and Ice Cube, activists, the music, b-boys, Chuck D, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium.

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Bread Givers: A Novel

Persea - This masterwork of american immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

Used book in Good Condition. Picador USA. Sarah's struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Persea Books. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs. Used book in Good Condition. 16 black-and-white photographs Used book in Good Condition.





Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America

Hill and Wang - Picador USA. Kasson examines the signs of crisis in American life a century ago, signs that new forces of modernity were affecting men's sense of who and what they really were. When the prussian-born eugene sandow, toured the united states in the 1890s, Florenz Ziegfeld cannily presented him as the "Perfect Man, an international vaudeville star and bodybuilder, " representing both an ancient ideal of manhood and a modern commodity extolling self-development and self-fulfillment.

Concern with the white male body -- with exhibiting it and with the perils to it --reached a climax in World War I, he suggests, and continues with us today. Used book in Good Condition. Then, the fantasy of a perfect white anglo-saxon male was taken further, when Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan swung down a vine into the public eye in 1912, escaping the confines of civilization but reasserting its values, beating his chest and bellowing his triumph to the world.

Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America - . Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. With harry houdini, insanity, imprisonment, the dream of escape was literally embodied in spectacular performances in which he triumphed over every kind of threat to masculine integrity -- bondage, and death. Kasson's liberally illustrated and persuasively argued study analyzes the themes linking these figures and places them in their rich historical and cultural context.

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The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus

Reaktion Books - Moving forward to the whimsical circus oz in australia and to New York City’s Big Apple Circus and the grand spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, she shows how the circus has transformed in recent years. Persea Books. At the center of the story are the people―trick riders and tightrope walkers, sword swallowers and animal trainers, contortionists and clowns―that created the sensational, raucous, and sometimes titillating world of the circus.

The circus has always been home to the dazzling and the exotic, rebirth, the improbable and the impossible―a place of myth and romance, second acts, of reinvention, and new identities. Used book in Good Condition. Barnum, james bailey, and the enterprising Ringling Brothers and reveals how they created the golden age of American circuses.

The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus - She introduces us to P. Used book in Good Condition. Beautifully illustrated and filled with rich historical detail and colorful anecdotes, The Greatest Shows on Earth is a vibrant history for all those who have ever dreamed of running away to the circus. Asking why we long to soar on flying trapezes, and parade through the streets in costumes of glitter and gold, writers, ride bareback on spangled horses, this captivating book illuminates the history of the circus and the claim it has on the imaginations of artists, and people around the world.

. T. Traveling back to the circus’s early days, linda Simon takes us to eighteenth-century hippodromes in Great Britain and intimate one-ring circuses in nineteenth-century Paris, where Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso became enchanted with aerialists and clowns.





The War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness during World War II

University of Chicago Press - Concentrating on the home front and the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary Americans, and working-class life in addition to detailed consideration of African Americans, the contributors give us a rich portrayal of family life, cultural images, sexuality, Latinos, and women who lived through the unsettling and rapidly altered circumstances of wartime America.

Persea Books. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. World war ii posed a crisis for american culture: to defeat the enemy, Americans had to unite across the class, racial and ethnic boundaries that had long divided them. The war in american culture explores the role of World War II in the transformation of American social, cultural, and political life.

The War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness during World War II - Picador USA. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Exploring government censorship of war photography, Hollywood moviemaking, swing music, the revision of immigration laws, and popular magazines, these essays reveal the creation of a new national identity that was pluralistic, but also controlled and sanitized.





The American Circus

Yale University Press - Picador USA. Used book in Good Condition. Barnum's "greatest show on earth, television programs, " or through the colorful evocations in many movies, and books. The book also explores the dark and even nefarious side of the circus, and its associations with marginalized dimensions of American life and culture.

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Persea Books. T. The circus is a source of nostalgia for Americans of all ages, either from memories of attending P. The subjects in the american circus reflect this complexity, ranging widely from thematic explorations of circus music and elephants to more closely focused studies of objects such as circus toys, souvenirs, and performers' costumes.

. Used book in Good Condition. Interest in the circus phenomenon is unflagging, yet there have been few publications that look closely at how the circus's European origins were refashioned for an American audience. Lavishly illustrated and carefully researched, by the end of the 19th century, and how, demography, and business practices altered the fundamental nature of the European circus, this volume explores how American culture, values, they had transformed it into a distinctly American pastime.

The American Circus - At the peak of its cultural significance, and made effective use of advertising, train travel, the circus was a sophisticated combination of theater and business, and hyperbole. With contributions from leading scholars, this stylishly designed volume aims to identify the salient features of an Americanized cultural product and to analyze its appeal for American audiences.