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Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts

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"[This book] takes on the interesting subject of how the African American culture has made a difference to
art in America--what this difference is and how it is manifest. Gottschild's subject is the saturation of America with
the African....Gottschild focuses on dance but includes the minstrel stage, jazz, vaudeville, Gangsta Rap, the
19th-century 'Hottentot Venus' (the pejoratively named African woman who was brought to England and displayed as a
freak), performance criticism, and Native American powwow. A freewheeling writer, Gottschild often segues into a general
discussion of racism and its impact on the performing arts in pointing out the locations of African influence in
American performance....[a] welcome addition to a burgeoning literature on African American performance. Recommended for
all academic collections."-Choice

"ÝThis book¨ takes on the interesting subject of how the African American culture has made a difference to art in
America--what this difference is and how it is manifest. Gottschild's subject is the saturation of America with the
African....Gottschild focuses on dance but includes the minstrel stage, jazz, vaudeville, Gangsta Rap, the 19th-century
'Hottentot Venus' (the pejoratively named African woman who was brought to England and displayed as a freak),
performance criticism, and Native American powwow. A freewheeling writer, Gottschild often segues into a general
discussion of racism and its impact on the performing arts in pointing out the locations of African influence in
American performance....Ýa¨ welcome addition to a burgeoning literature on African American performance. Recommended for
all academic collections."-Choice

?[This book] takes on the interesting subject of how the African American culture has made a difference to art in
America--what this difference is and how it is manifest. Gottschild's subject is the saturation of America with the
African....Gottschild focuses on dance but includes the minstrel stage, jazz, vaudeville, Gangsta Rap, the 19th-century
'Hottentot Venus' (the pejoratively named African woman who was brought to England and displayed as a freak),
performance criticism, and Native American powwow. A freewheeling writer, Gottschild often segues into a general
discussion of racism and its impact on the performing arts in pointing out the locations of African influence in
American performance....[a] welcome addition to a burgeoning literature on African American performance. Recommended for
all academic collections.?-Choice

"Written with dynamism, passion, and perception on a subject of central importance to all of us, this powerful book
makes us ponder issues we took for granted. It deserves a broad readership."- Lawrence W. Levine, Margaret Byrne
Professor of History, Emeritus University of California, Berkeley

"Dr. Dixon Gottschild's voice is convincing because of her eclectic documentation and it is touching as well because of
the human experiences the reader is drawn into within the related responses of her students, her colleagues, herself,
and her antagonists. She is always clear about specific objectives, leaving tempting tangents, yet incorporating the
thinking of scholars and learned others in multiple disciplines--definitely in a creole mode that is rich, colorful, and
not easily discounted."- Yvonne Daniel, Associate Professor of Dance Anthropology Smith College and the Five College
Dance Consortium

"Brenda Dixon Gottschild makes a powerful case for an African presence in modern American ballet and in dance generally,
and...brings the black aesthetic, in theoretical terms, ever nearer one's reach. [This text is] a dance of the
intellect."-Sterling Stuckey, Presidential Chair Professor of History and Religious Studies University of California,
Riverside

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About the Author
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BRENDA DIXON GOTTSCHILD is Professor Emerita of Dance at Temple University. Formerly a professional dancer and actress,
she is the Philadelphia critic for Dancemagazine and has published articles in The Drama Review, Dance Research Journal,
Design for Arts in Education, and The Black American Literature Forum. She is coauthor of the third and most recent
edition of The History of Dance in Art and Education.

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