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The Life of P. T. Barnum, Written by Himself
The Life of P. T. Barnum, Written by Himself
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ean: 9780252069024, isbn: 0252069021,

An autobiography of Phineas T Barnum that immortalizes the showman who hoodwinked customers into paying to hear the reminiscences of a woman presented as George Washington's 161-year-old nurse, the impresario who brought Jenny Lind to America and tou...


George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life)
George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life)
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mpn: 33 black and white photographs, ean: 9780252081293, isbn: 0252081293,

George Gershwin lived his life with delight and vitality, but with melancholy as well, for he was unable to make a place for himself--no family of his own and no real home in music. He and his siblings received little love from their mother and no di...


Dancing across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos
Dancing across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos
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ean: 9780252076091, isbn: 0252076095,

This book explores Mexican popular and traditional dance practices on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, addressing questions of authenticity, aesthetics, identity, interpretation, and research methodologies in dance performance. Contributors incl...


Cheating the Spread: Gamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball (Sport and Society)
Cheating the Spread: Gamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball (Sport and Society)
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ean: 9780252078750, isbn: 0252078756,

Delving into the history of gambling and corruption in intercollegiate sports, Cheating the Spread recounts all of the major gambling scandals in college football and basketball. Digging through court records, newspapers, government documents, and un...


Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom
Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom
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ean: 9780252076510, isbn: 9780252076510,

This book explores the role film and television stardom has played in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging popular ethnic notions of Latina/os in the United States since the silent film era of the 1920s. In addition to documenting the importanc...


The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race, and Culture in Urban America (Blacks in the New World)
The Creation of Jazz: Music, Race, and Culture in Urban America (Blacks in the New World)
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ean: 9780252064210, isbn: 0252064216,

Explains how jazz was shaped by urbanization, the 'great migration' of southern blacks northward, and the 'jazz image' - dress code, jargon, and use of drugs. This book places jazz in its rich social context....


Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities
Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities
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ean: 9780252080159, isbn: 0252080157,

In Appalachian Dance, Susan Eike Spalding employs twenty-five years' worth of rich interviews with black and white Virginians, Tennesseeans, and Kentuckians to explore the evolution and social uses of dance practices in each region.   Spalding analy...


Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Works
Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Works
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mpn: 10 black and white photographs, ean: 9780252081194, isbn: 0252081196,

African American women have increasingly begun to see their plays performed from regional stages to Broadway. Yet many of these artists still struggle to gain attention. In this volume, Sandra Adell draws from the vital wellspring of works created by...


The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training
The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training
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ean: 9780252074899, isbn: 0252074890,

This rich collection of essays and interviews explores modern-dance technique training from the last fifty years. Focusing on the culture of dance, editors Melanie Bales and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol examine choreographic process and style, dancer agency an...


Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland
Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland
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ean: 9780252080630, isbn: 0252080637,

In Becoming Beautiful, Joanna Bosse explores the transformations undergone by the residents of a Midwestern town when they step out on the dance floor for the very first time.   Bosse uses sensitive fieldwork as well as her own immersion in ballroom...


Contesting Identities: Sports in American Film
Contesting Identities: Sports in American Film
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ean: 9780252073540, isbn: 0252073541,

Since the earliest days of the silent era, American filmmakers have been drawn to the visual spectacles of sports and their compelling narratives of conflict, triumph and individual achievement. In this text, Aaron Baker examines how these cinematic ...


Paul Thomas Anderson (Contemporary Film Directors)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Contemporary Film Directors)
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mpn: 9780252081859, ean: 9780252081859, isbn: 0252081854,

Since his explosive debut with the indie sensation Hard Eight , Paul Thomas Anderson has established himself as one of contemporary cinema's most exciting artists. His 2002 feature Punch-Drunk Love radically reimagined the romantic comedy. Critics ha...


Charles Ives's Concord: Essays after a Sonata (Music in American Life)
Charles Ives's Concord: Essays after a Sonata (Music in American Life)
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ean: 9780252040856, isbn: 0252040856,

In 1921, insurance executive Charles Ives sent out copies of a piano sonata to two hundred strangers. Laden with dissonant chords, complex rhythm, and a seemingly chaotic structure, the so-called Concord Sonata confounded the recipients, as did the a...


The Colossal P. T. Barnum Reader: NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT IN THE UNIVERSE
The Colossal P. T. Barnum Reader: NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT IN THE UNIVERSE
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ean: 9780252072956, isbn: 0252072952,

The P. T. Barnum Reader reveals the trailblazing American showman P. T. Barnum as, by turns, a moral reformer, a habitual hoaxer, an insightful critic, a savvy puffer, a master of images, a sparkling writer, a relentless provocateur, and an early adv...


That Toddlin' Town: Chicago's White Dance Bands and Orchestras, 1900-1950 (Music in American Life)
That Toddlin' Town: Chicago's White Dance Bands and Orchestras, 1900-1950 (Music in American Life)
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mpn: 31 illustrations, ean: 9780252029547, isbn: 0252029542,

That Toddlin' Town looks at the history of the white dance bands, theater orchestras, radio studio ensembles, and nightclub bands.Charles Sengstock examines these bands not only in terms of the music they played but also in the context of the venues ...


Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (Music in American Life)
Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (Music in American Life)
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mpn: 57 black and white photographs, 2 line d, ean: 9780252080814, isbn: 0252080815,

In Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics, old-time musician and flatfoot dancer Philip Jamison journeys into the past and surveys the present to tell the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appala...


Steppin' on the Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance (Folklore and Society)
Steppin' on the Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance (Folklore and Society)
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ean: 9780252065088, isbn: 0252065085,

Explores the meaning of dance and the interrelation of music, song, and dance in African American culture...




The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky
The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky
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ean: 9780252073625, isbn: 0252073622,

In his prime, Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950) was the most celebrated man in Western ballet--a virtuoso and a dramatic dancer such as European and American audiences had never seen before. After his triumphs in such works as The Specter of the Rose and P...


Bach Perspectives, Volume 9: J.S. Bach and His Contemporaries in Germany
Bach Perspectives, Volume 9: J.S. Bach and His Contemporaries in Germany
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ean: 9780252038136, isbn: 0252038134,

This provocative addition to the Bach Perspectives series offers a counternarrative to the isolated genius status that J.S. Bach and his music currently enjoy. Contributors contextualize Bach by examining the output, reputation, and compositional pra...



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