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Title Early African entertainments abroad : from the Hottentot Venus to Africa's first Olympians / Bernth Lindfors.
Author Lindfors, Bernth, author.
Publication Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2014]
Copyright date ©2014
Description xii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Call # 791.089 L
Series Africa and the diaspora: history, politics, culture
Africa and the diaspora.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-238) and index.
Contents Courting the Hottentot Venus -- The bottom line: African caricature in Georgian England -- Ira Aldridge at Covent Garden -- Clicks and clucks: Victorian reactions to San speech -- Charles Dickens and the Zulus -- A Zulu view of Victorian London -- Dr. Kahn and the Niam-Niams -- The United African twins on tour: a captivity narrative -- Circus Africans -- Africa's first Olympians.
Summary In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries African and pseudo-African performers were displayed as curiosities throughout Europe and America. Appearing in circuses, ethnographic exhibitions, and traveling shows, these individuals and troupes drew large crowds. As Bernth Lindfors shows, the showmen, impresarios, and even scientists who brought supposedly representative inhabitants of the "Dark Continent" to a gaping public often selected the performers for their sensational impact. Spotlighting and exaggerating physical, mental, or cultural differences, the resulting displays reinforced pernicious racial stereotypes and left a disturbing legacy.--Provided by publisher.
Subject Africans -- Europe -- Public opinion -- History.
Africa -- In popular culture.
Blacks in popular culture -- History.
Racism in popular culture -- History.
Africa in popular culture. (OCoLC)fst00798963
Africans -- Public opinion. (OCoLC)fst00799949
Blacks in popular culture. (OCoLC)fst01902560
Racism in popular culture. (OCoLC)fst01086660
Sideshows. (OCoLC)fst01118156
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780299301644 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0299301648 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard # 40024209656
1 hold on first copy returned of 1 copy

Location CALL # Status Message
 Macon AFR AMER Heritage  791.089 L    DUE 06-14-21  (AFR AMER HIST)