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The Resource Paul Robeson and the Cold War performance complex : race, madness, activism, Tony Perucci

Paul Robeson and the Cold War performance complex : race, madness, activism, Tony Perucci

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Paul Robeson and the Cold War performance complex : race, madness, activism
Title
Paul Robeson and the Cold War performance complex
Title remainder
race, madness, activism
Statement of responsibility
Tony Perucci
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Language
eng
Summary
Actor and singer Paul Robeson's performances in Othello, Show Boat, and The Emperor Jones made him famous, but his midcentury appearances in support of causes ranging from labor and civil rights to antilynching and American warmongering made him notorious. When Robeson announced at the 1949 Paris Peace Conference that it was "unthinkable" for blacks to go to war against the Soviet Union, the mainstream American press declared him insane. Notions of Communism, blackness, and insanity were interchangeably deployed during the Cold War to discount activism such as Robeson's, just a part of an array of social and cultural practices that author Tony Perucci calls the Cold War performance complex. Focusing on two key Robeson performances<U+0127> �the concerts in Peekskill, New York, in 1949 and his appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956<U+0127> �Perucci demonstrates how these performances and the government's response to them are central to understanding the history of Cold War culture in the United States. His book provides a transformative new perspective on how the struggle over the politics of performance in the 1950s was also a domestic struggle over freedom and equality. The book closely examines both of these performance events as well as artifacts from Cold War culture<U+0127> �including congressional documents, FBI files, foreign policy papers, the popular literature on mental illness, and government propaganda films<U+0127> �to study the operation of power and activism in American Cold War culture --
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Perucci, Tony
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Theater--theory/text/performance
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  • Robeson, Paul
  • United States
  • Performance art
  • Freedom and art
  • Politics and culture
  • Cold War
  • Racism
  • Anti-communist movements
  • United States
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Paul Robeson and the Cold War performance complex : race, madness, activism, Tony Perucci
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: The Red Mask of Sanity 1 PART I Tonal Treason and HUAC's Psychoanalytic Theater ONE Black Performances and the Stagecraft of Statecraft 33 TWO Performing Informing and Shrieking Innocence: Surveillance, Informance, and the Performance of Performance 62 PART II Discordant Tones and the Melody of Freedom at Peekskill THREE Anticommunism and the American Lynching Imagination 91 FOUR Shedding Blood and Beating Back Fascists 112 FIVE Staging Anticommunism, Staging Racist Violence 136 Coda: The Complex and the Rupture 160 Appendix: Testimony of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, June 12, 1956 163 Notes 173 Bibliography 199 Index 215
Control code
FIEb1735979x
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780472051687
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)801354790
Label
Paul Robeson and the Cold War performance complex : race, madness, activism, Tony Perucci
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: The Red Mask of Sanity 1 PART I Tonal Treason and HUAC's Psychoanalytic Theater ONE Black Performances and the Stagecraft of Statecraft 33 TWO Performing Informing and Shrieking Innocence: Surveillance, Informance, and the Performance of Performance 62 PART II Discordant Tones and the Melody of Freedom at Peekskill THREE Anticommunism and the American Lynching Imagination 91 FOUR Shedding Blood and Beating Back Fascists 112 FIVE Staging Anticommunism, Staging Racist Violence 136 Coda: The Complex and the Rupture 160 Appendix: Testimony of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, June 12, 1956 163 Notes 173 Bibliography 199 Index 215
Control code
FIEb1735979x
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780472051687
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)801354790

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