Performing anti-slavery : activist women on antebellum stages / Gay Gibson Cima
- Cima, Gay Gibson, 1948-
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 298 pages ; 24 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.From sentimental sympathy to activist self-judgment -- 2.From the suffering of others to a "compassion for ourselves" -- 3."Beyond our traditions" to a provisional, practical activism -- 4.From anti-slavery celebrity to cosmopolitan self-possession.
- "In Performing Anti-Slavery, Gay Gibson Cima reimagines the connection between the self and the other within activist performance, providing fascinating new insights into women's nineteenth-century reform efforts, revising the history of abolition, and illuminating an affective repertoire that haunts both present-day theatrical stages and anti-trafficking organizations. Cima argues that black and white American women in the nineteenth-century abolitionist movement transformed mainstream performance practices into successful activism. In family circles, literary associations, religious gatherings, and transatlantic anti-slavery societies, women debated activist performance strategies across racial and religious differences: they staged abolitionist dialogues, recited anti-slavery poems, gave speeches, shared narratives, and published essays. Drawing on liberal religious traditions as well as the Eastern notion of transmigration, Elizabeth Chandler, Sarah Forten, Maria W. Stewart, Sarah Douglass, Lucretia Mott, Ellen Craft and others forged activist pathways that reverberate to this day"--
- 9781107060890 (hardback) and 1107060893 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Warren W. Hassler Civil War Era Libraries Collections Endowment; 2014
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