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Author Martin, Carol J.

Title Dance marathons : performing American culture of the 1920sand 1930s / Carol Martin ; foreword by Brooks McNamara
Published Jackson, Miss. : University Press of Mississippi, [1994]
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 182 pages) : illustrations
Series Performance studies
Performance studies (Jackson, Miss.)
Summary This penetrating analysis of one of the most extraordinary fads ever to strike America details how dance marathons manifested a potent from of drama. Between the two world wars they were a phenomenon in which working-class people engaged in emblematic struggles for survival. Battling to outlast other contestants, the dancers hoped to become notable. There was crippling exhaustion and anguish among the contenders, but ultimately it was the coupling of authentic pain with staged displays that made dance marathons a national craze. Within the well-controlled space of theatre they revealed actual life's unpredictability and inconsistencies, and, indeed, the frightful aspects of social Darwinism. In this grotesque theatrical setting we see also a horrifying metaphor - the ailing nation grappling with difficult times
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-176) and index
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Subject Dance marathons -- Social aspects -- United States.
Dance marathons -- United States -- History.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585217521 (electronic bk.)
9780585217529 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)