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Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Mary Simonson

Abstract

In the early twentieth century, female performers regularly appeared on the stages and screens of American cities. Though advertised as dancers, mimics, singers, or actresses, they often exceeded these categories. Instead, their performances adopted an aesthetic of intermediality, weaving together techniques and elements drawn from a wide variety of genres and media, including ballet, art music, photography, early modern dance, vaudeville traditions, silent film, and more. Onstage and on-screen, performers borrowed from existing musical scores and narratives, referred to contemporary shows, fi ... More

Keywords: intermediality, early modern dance, silent film, early twentieth-century music, vaudeville, performance, female performers, gender in the early twentieth century, American entertainment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199898015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199898015.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Simonson, author
Colgate University