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Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage, 1828-1865 (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History)by Karl M. Kippola
Synopses & Reviews
Through his study of American masculinity, Kippola constructs a theatrical history inextricably linked to the dynamic social, political, and cultural changes of the nineteenth-century American stage. The shift from the passionate muscularity of Edwin Forrest to the intellectual restraint of Edwin Booth was not a linear journey toward national refinement; but rather, a multitude of masculinities simultaneously fighting for dominance and recognition. Actors and audiences mutually constructed male ideals unique to each splintered group, while simultaneously seeking national identity and communal belonging. Kippola integrates dramas, manly rhetoric, advice literature, and masculine performances on political and theatrical stages to trace fragmenting and competing masculine identities in antebellum America.
Investigates how and why the performance of American masculinity changed so dramatically on and off the nineteenth-century American stage.
About the Author
Karl M. Kippola is an assistant professor of Theatre at American University and has been a professional actor and director for the last twenty-five years.
Table of Contents
Act Like a Man: Images and Rhetoric of Reconstructed Manhood A Glorious Image of Unperverted Manhood: Edwin Forrest as Masculine Ideal A Masculine Identity Worth Dying For: The Astor Place Riot Decorum and Delicacy: The Feminized Manliness of Edwin Booth Impossibly Genial: The Masculine Transformations of John McCulloughConclusion: Affirming White Masculinity by Deriding the Other
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