Early American Women Critics
Performance, Religion, Race
By (author) Gay Gibson Cima
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Early American Women Critics by Gay Gibson Cima
Book DescriptionEarly American Women Critics demonstrates that performances of various kinds - religious, political and cultural - enabled women to enter the human rights debates that roiled the American colonies and young republic. Black and white women staked their claims on American citizenship through disparate performances of spirit possession, patriotism, poetic and theatrical production. They protected themselves within various shields which allowed them to speak openly while keeping the individual basis of their identities invisible. Cima shows that between the First and Second Great Religious Awakenings (1730s-1830s), women from West Africa, Europe, and various corners of the American colonies self-consciously adopted performance strategies that enabled them to critique American culture and establish their own diverse and contradictory claims on the body politic. This book restores the primacy of religious performances - Christian, Yoruban, Bantu and Muslim - to the study of early American cultural and political histories, revealing that religion and race are inseparable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521090568
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gay Gibson Cima
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Performing Anti-Slavery demonstrates how black and white abolitionist women transformed antebellum performance practice into a critique of state violence.
Early American Women Critics, Hardback (May 2006)View all books by Gay Gibson Cima
An analysis of written and spoken critical commentaries by early American women critics.
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Author Biography - Gay Gibson Cima
Gay Gibson Cima is a Professor of English and the Director of the Humanities Initiative at Georgetown University.
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