PhD in Performance Studies

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Between Blackface Minstrelsy and Sideshow

Ramapo College, NJ. In this talk, Marshall will trace the roots and trajectory of blackface minstrelsy across the nineteenth century, honing in on the genesis of the form in white appropriations of black cultural production, and black reinvention of the genre post-war. Throughout, Marshall examines the intertwining social scripts surrounding race and disability that have historically animated performances of "blackness" in American poplar performance.