The Circus Age

Culture and Society under the American Big Top

Author: Janet M. Davis

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807861499

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 7349

A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. 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. 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. Even today, Davis contends, the influence of the circus continues to resonate in popular representations of gender, race, and the wider world.

Women of the American Circus, 1880Ð1940

Author: Katherine H. Adams,Michael L. Keene

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786472286

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

View: 6915

"In 1880 to 1940, glory days of American circus, one third to one half of cast members were women. Diaries, autobiographies, newspaper accounts, films, posters, route books, stories told by circus women, recount tableaux, freak shows, girlie shows, tigeracts, and aerial performance, beginning with representations of women as circus performers and moving to performances themselves"--Provided by publisher.

From Barnum & Bailey to Feld

The Creative Evolution of the Greatest Show on Earth

Author: Ernest Albrecht

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476617775

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

View: 9994

Since its inception in 1872, the Greatest Show on Earth has continually transformed itself to meet changing tastes and cultural shifts. Over the course of its long existence, it has been at various times a biblical spectacle and historical pageant, a ceremonial introduction to the peoples and cultures of the world, and a fairy tale masque. It has also featured sights ranging from gladiatorial combat and aerial daredevils to oddities of nature and foolhardy wonders. This work chronicles the colorful artistry of the Greatest Show on Earth from its beginning to 2010, revealing how each of 12 changes in management brought about changes in style and content. More than 50 photographs bring the flamboyant performers and amazing spectacles to life in this informative appreciation of the circus and its evolution.

Staging Modern American Life

Popular Culture in the Experimental Theatre of Millay, Cummings, and Dos Passos

Author: T. Fahy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023033959X

Category: Social Science

Page: 183

View: 1203

Thomas Fahy examines the integration of and challenges to popular culture found in the theatrical works of Millay, Cummings, and Dos Passos, which have largely been marginalized in discussions of theatre history and literary studies, despite offering a hybrid theatre that integrates popular with formal, and mainstream with experimental

Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo?

Author: Carlyn Beccia

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054756211X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 6826

Before the days of TV, DVDs, and video games, there was the circus. When it came to town, businesses and schools would shut down. Folks would gather round, for there, right in front of their eyes, was drama, action, and intrigue. There was the grace ofthe bareback rider, the daring of the acrobat, the strangeness of the snake lady, and the delight of the dancing pigs. Vintage-style circus posters capture the weird and the wonderful while fascinating sidebars reveal historical truths behind America’s circuses. What was it like when the circus came to town? This book, illustrated in rich oils, gives us a ringside seat.

From Liberation to Conquest

The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish-American War of 1898

Author: Bonnie M. Miller

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 1558499245

Category: History

Page: 324

View: 8740

The American people overwhelmingly supported the nation's entry into the Spanish-American War of 1898, which led to U.S. imperial expansion into the Caribbean and Pacific. In this book, Bonnie M. Miller explores the basis of that support, showing how the nation's leading media makers--editorialists, cartoonists, filmmakers, photographers, and stage performers--captured the public's interest in the Cuban crisis with heart-rending depictions of Cuban civilians, particularly women, brutalized by bloodthirsty Spanish pirates. Although media campaigns initially advocated for the United States to step in to rescue Cuba from the horrors of colonial oppression, the war ended just months later with the U.S. acquisition of Spain's remaining empire, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. President William McKinley heeded the call for war, with the American people behind him, and then proceeded to use the conflict to further his foreign policy agenda of expanding U.S. interests in the Caribbean and Far East. Miller examines the shifting media portrayals of U.S. actions for the duration of the conflict, from liberation to conquest. She shows how the media capitalized on the public's thirst for drama, action, and spectacle and adapted to emerging imperial possibilities. Growing resistance to American imperialism by the war's end unraveled the consensus in support of U.S policy abroad and produced a rich debate that found expression in American visual and popular culture.

Geography and Memory

Explorations in Identity, Place and Becoming

Author: Owain Jones,Joanne Garde-Hansen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284072

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 4030

This collection shifts the focus from collective memory to individual memory, by incorporating new performative approaches to identity, place and becoming. Drawing upon cultural geography, the book provides an accessible framework to approach key aspects of memory, remembering, archives, commemoration and forgetting in modern societies.

Electric Dreamland

Amusement Parks, Movies, and American Modernity

Author: Lauren Rabinovitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527217

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 7012

Amusement parks were the playgrounds of the working class in the early twentieth century, combining numerous, mechanically-based spectacles into one unique, modern cultural phenomenon. Lauren Rabinovitz describes the urban modernity engendered by these parks and their media, encouraging ordinary individuals to sense, interpret, and embody a burgeoning national identity. As industrialization, urbanization, and immigration upended society, amusement parks tempered the shocks of racial, ethnic, and cultural conflict while shrinking the distinctions between gender and class. Following the rise of American parks from 1896 to 1918, Rabinovitz seizes on a simultaneous increase in cinema and spectacle audiences and connects both to the success of leisure activities in stabilizing society. Critics of the time often condemned parks and movies for inciting moral decline, yet in fact they fostered women's independence, racial uplift, and assimilation. The rhythmic, mechanical movements of spectacle also conditioned audiences to process multiple stimuli. Featuring illustrations from private collections and accounts from unaccessed archives, Electric Dreamland joins film and historical analyses in a rare portrait of mass entertainment and the modern eye.

The Many Worlds of Circus

Author: Robert Sugarman

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443811777

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 7270

Acrobats and manipulators of objects, trained animals, and clowns – have been performing throughout history. In the eighteenth century, the invention of the circus ring provided a focus for the activities, and the modern circus was born. Once the circus was the most spectacular entertainment many Americans saw. When the supply of cheap labor disappeared and other forms of entertainment became available, the giant circuses shrank, and in the last quarter of the twentieth century new one ring circuses returned. The Circus and Circus Culture area of the Popular Culture Association has been examining circus history, circus life, the relationship of circus to society, and the impact of circus on the visual and literary arts since 1997. This book is a collection of papers from its annual conferences. "This fascinating collection showcases the transnational richness and cultural depth of the circus in an array of historical and contemporary settings. Strongly recommended for circus enthusiasts and students of popular culture, history, and theater." —Janet M.Davis, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin, author of The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top

The Gospel of Kindness

Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America

Author: Associate Professor of American Studies History and Women's and Gender Studies Janet M Davis,Janet M. Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199733155

Category: Animal rights

Page: 320

View: 4455

"From Sarah McLachlan as spokesperson in ASPCA commercials to Animal Cops television shows, the prevention of cruelty against animals seems a core value in American society. Yet flogging horses, betting on cockfights, and shooting species of birds to extinction to adorn women's hats were once common. After the Civil War a culture of animal advocacy developed in the United States. How and why a social movement centered on the defense of animals came about--and how this changed American culture--is the subject of Janet Davis' wide-ranging book. Janet Davis describes a period during which animal power was gradually being replaced by industrial power. Animal welfare organizations developed out of an urban setting, as humane societies mandated the humane treatment of laboring horses and oxen, combated vivisection, demanded care of animals bound for stockyards and for circus shows, and called for an end to the needless killing of birds for fashion. Advocates also preached the gospel of kindness abroad in India, Morocco, Turkey, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, seeing kindness toward animals as a crucial part of modern American values that should replace the ways of backward cultures. Drawing heavily on religious faith, animal humanitarians connected animal welfare with virtually all facets of life--food, sanitation, entertainment, literature, labor, transportation, and many other topics--and made those they reached with their message think carefully about what divides humans and animals"--

Encyclopedia of recreation and leisure in America

Adapted - little

Author: Gary S. Cross

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780684312668

Category: Leisure

Page: 502

View: 6839

Discussed how Americans spend their free time and entertain themselves. Essays present perspectives in the fields of American and cultural studies, sociology, recreation, sports, leisure studies, auctions, bloodsports, shopping malls, and theme parks.

Death of a Circus

Author: Chandra Prasad

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 257

View: 2718

Lor Cole, a young man from Connecticut, dreams of leaving behind his provincial past and making a name for himself as a high-wire walker. When he joins the Bringlebright Circus, a small traveling troupe, he thinks he's on his way. But before reaching the top, he must reckon with the other performers who join him in the center ring spotlight: Cirella Flannery, a beautiful and startlingly devious fire-eater; Ranju, Bringlebright's secretive animal trainer; and Mr. Barnacle, the ringmaster, a charlatan who will stop at nothing to keep the struggling show in business. These characters, along with Stalwart, Ranju's watchful protege, create a colorful ensemble that illuminates the twin sides of the circus: one rapturously razzle-dazzle, and the other rough-and-tumble.

Great Events from History

The 20th century, 1901-1940

Author: Robert F. Gorman

Publisher: Salem PressInc


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 3453

View: 4924

Presents essays arranged in chronological order on key world events that occurred in such areas as politics, science, medicine, communications, literature, music, philosophy, and international affairs during the first forty years of the twentieth century.

Circus Queen & Tinker Bell

The Memoir of Tiny Kline

Author: Tiny Kline,Janet M. Davis

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252075102

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 359

View: 4443

A glimpse of day-to-day life under the big top, from one of the circus's most remarkable performers

Die Vermessung der Globalisierung

kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven

Author: Ulfried Reichardt

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter


Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 8644

War die Diskussion uber die 'Globalisierung' als Leitbegriff der gegenwartigen Epoche bisher vor allem durch wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien gepragt, so ist es das Ziel der hier versammelten Beitrage, die kulturwissenschaftliche Dimension der Debatte nicht nur praziser auszuloten, sondern als eigenstandige Forschungsperspektive zu etablieren und so zu einer umfassenden 'Vermessung' des Begriffs wie auch des Phanomens der Globalisierung beizutragen.. Den Bezugspunkt bildet dabei die Frage, welche Denk-Raume sich eroffnen, wenn eine auf binar formierten Wissensbestanden beruhende kulturelle Beobachtung nicht mehr greift. Neben einer kulturtheoretischen Annaherung an die operative Dimension von Kultur stehen die jeweils spezifische Medialitat, die Darstellungsoptionen, Verfahrensweisen und Regeln kultureller Wissensbildung in Bezug auf das Globale im Zentrum der Uberlegungen. Fragen nach verschiedenen Aspekten und Versionen der Globalisierung werden aus theoretischer und historischer Perspektive und mit Blick auf Literatur, Film, Musik, Kunst und Comics sowie hinsichtlich postmetropolitaner Urbanitat und Postkolonialismus gestellt. Ein Originaltext der japanisch-deutschen Autorin Yoko Tawada belegt die literarische Insistenz transkulturellen Schreibens. Dabei ist es kein Zufall, dass viele Essays amerikanische Debatten aufgreifen und sich mit Phanomenen der amerikanischen Kultur im globalen Raum befassen.

The Historian

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

View: 1945