How the Arabian nights inspired the American dream, 1790-1935 [electronic resource] / Susan Nance
- Nance, Susan
- Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xi, 344 pages) : illustrations
- Introduction: Playing Eastern -- Capitalism and the Arabian nights, 1790-1892 -- Ex Oriente Lux : playing Eastern for a living, 1838-1875 -- Wise men of the East and the market for American fraternalism, 1850-1892 -- Arab athleticism and the exoticization of the American dream, 1870-1920 -- Making the familiar strange : the racial politics of Eastern exotic, 1893-1929 -- Eastern femininities for modern women, 1893-1930 -- Turbans and capitalism, 1893-1930 -- Sign of promise : African Americans and Eastern personae in the Great Depression.
- Americans have always shown a fascination with the people, customs, and legends of the "East"--Witness the popularity of the stories of the Arabian Nights, the performances of Arab belly dancers and acrobats, the feats of turban-wearing vaudeville magicians, and even the antics of fez-topped Shriners. In this captivating volume, Susan Nance provides a social and cultural history of this highly popular genre of Easternized performance in America until the Great Depression. According to Nance, these traditions reveal how a broad spectrum of Americans, including recent immigrants and im.
- Arabian nights
- Orientalism—United States—History
- Performing arts—Social aspects—United States—History
- Popular culture—United States—History
- Capitalism—Social aspects—United States—History
- United States—Civilization—Arab influences
- Arab countries—Foreign public opinion, American
- United States—Civilization—1783-1865
- United States—Civilization—20th century
- United States—Economic conditions
- 9780807894057 (electronic bk.)
0807894052 (electronic bk.)
9780807832745 (cloth : alk. paper)
080783274X (cloth : alk. paper)
- AVAILABLE ONLINE TO AUTHORIZED PSU USERS.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -334) and index.
- Technical Details:
- Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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