Excess Baggage: Transatlantic Identity, Belonging and Performance Diasporas, 1850 - 1910. / Millette, Hollygale.

2012. 336 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Unpublished

Standard

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

BibTeX

@phdthesis{3a86a1fe75bf4c40a52b349f2316f180,
title = "Excess Baggage: Transatlantic Identity, Belonging and Performance Diasporas, 1850 - 1910.",
abstract = "What follows, in four case studies, is an interrogation of the role that identity played in performance in the transatlantic cultural world between 1850 and 1910. I look at performers because their transnational struggles and assimilations of belonging were, and remain, visible precisely because they engaged with theatricality and performativity in the production of saleable and exchangeable cultural commodities. Identity and belonging are etched into the theatrical diasporas that these people traversed and, I argue, are clearly visible situations that should be taken into account when considering their historical narratives. Investigating their situations in this way is new work, which I hope will open doors to a deeper understanding and a more inclusive historicisation of performance and performers at the Fin de Si{\`e}cle. Theoretically I argue from both a cultural materialist position in considering performance cultures and commodities, and with social science paradigms when considering assimilation typologies and strategy. Situating typologies of transnational belonging and social science strategies of integration within a cultural history of performance is new work, which relies on the post-modern turn toward interdisciplinary historical analysis. Indeed, the fields of identity studies and immigration studies are relatively new. In introducing recent theory to the very rich materiality of late- nineteenth century performance culture I hope to extend the life of the argument that there is much to know and rewrite in narratives of the players in this period. ",
keywords = "Transatlantic, Performance, Diaspora, Fin de Siecle, Identities, Cultures, Human Geography",
author = "Hollygale Millette",
year = "2012",
language = "English",
school = "Royal Holloway, University of London",

}

RIS

TY - THES

T1 - Excess Baggage: Transatlantic Identity, Belonging and Performance Diasporas, 1850 - 1910.

AU - Millette, Hollygale

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - What follows, in four case studies, is an interrogation of the role that identity played in performance in the transatlantic cultural world between 1850 and 1910. I look at performers because their transnational struggles and assimilations of belonging were, and remain, visible precisely because they engaged with theatricality and performativity in the production of saleable and exchangeable cultural commodities. Identity and belonging are etched into the theatrical diasporas that these people traversed and, I argue, are clearly visible situations that should be taken into account when considering their historical narratives. Investigating their situations in this way is new work, which I hope will open doors to a deeper understanding and a more inclusive historicisation of performance and performers at the Fin de Siècle. Theoretically I argue from both a cultural materialist position in considering performance cultures and commodities, and with social science paradigms when considering assimilation typologies and strategy. Situating typologies of transnational belonging and social science strategies of integration within a cultural history of performance is new work, which relies on the post-modern turn toward interdisciplinary historical analysis. Indeed, the fields of identity studies and immigration studies are relatively new. In introducing recent theory to the very rich materiality of late- nineteenth century performance culture I hope to extend the life of the argument that there is much to know and rewrite in narratives of the players in this period.

AB - What follows, in four case studies, is an interrogation of the role that identity played in performance in the transatlantic cultural world between 1850 and 1910. I look at performers because their transnational struggles and assimilations of belonging were, and remain, visible precisely because they engaged with theatricality and performativity in the production of saleable and exchangeable cultural commodities. Identity and belonging are etched into the theatrical diasporas that these people traversed and, I argue, are clearly visible situations that should be taken into account when considering their historical narratives. Investigating their situations in this way is new work, which I hope will open doors to a deeper understanding and a more inclusive historicisation of performance and performers at the Fin de Siècle. Theoretically I argue from both a cultural materialist position in considering performance cultures and commodities, and with social science paradigms when considering assimilation typologies and strategy. Situating typologies of transnational belonging and social science strategies of integration within a cultural history of performance is new work, which relies on the post-modern turn toward interdisciplinary historical analysis. Indeed, the fields of identity studies and immigration studies are relatively new. In introducing recent theory to the very rich materiality of late- nineteenth century performance culture I hope to extend the life of the argument that there is much to know and rewrite in narratives of the players in this period.

KW - Transatlantic

KW - Performance

KW - Diaspora

KW - Fin de Siecle

KW - Identities

KW - Cultures

KW - Human Geography

M3 - Doctoral Thesis

ER -