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Author Kippola, Karl M., 1966-

Title Acts of manhood : the performance of masculinity on the American stage, 1828-1865 / Karl M. Kippola
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (x, 251 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history
Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history.
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 * A Multitude of Masculinities: The Theatrical Spectrum of Manly * Impossibly Genial: The Masculine Transformations of John McCullough
Introduction: a new race of men -- 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 McCullough conclusion: affirming white masculinity by deriding the Other
Summary Exploring the performance of masculinity on and off the nineteenth-century American stage, this book looks at 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 fought for dominance and recognition. Actors and audiences mutually constructed manly 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Male actors -- United States.
Masculinity in the theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Theater and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012002518
ISBN 0230340458
1137068779 (electronic bk.)
9781137068774 (electronic bk.)