By Harry Justin Elam; David Krasner

An anthology of serious writings that explores the intersections of race, theater, and function in America.

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41 Here, Chloe describes Tom in the terms that usually describe the mammy; his devotion to his master overwhelms any other ties that he may have. Yet, implicit in her criticism of Tom are the assumptions that Tom should not place his master before his family and that Chloe maintains the opposite set of values. In the Conway version, it is not loyalty but humor that characterizes Chloe. Instead of entering the opening scene in an intimate family setting, Chloe performs a minuet and then a dance accompanied by a banjo with another slave for the entertainment of George Shelby in the plantation house.

On stage, ideas achieve corporeality, and the stereotype gains a greater semblance of reality. In Unmarked, Peggy Phelan contends: Performance implicates the real through the presence of living bodies. In spectatorship there is an element of consumption: there are no left-overs, the gazing spectator must try to take everything in. 5 Unlike the permanence of pictures or words, performance can only be captured through the memories of its documenters, and studying it historically entails the mediation of those other writers.

She says of her: It was a woman, tall and slenderly formed, with remarkably delicate hands and feet, and dressed in neat and respectable garments. By the appearance of her face she may have been between thirty-five and forty; and it was a face once seen, could never be forgotten,—one of those at a glance, seem to convey to us an idea of a wild painful sexual history. Her forehead was high, and her eyebrows marked with beautiful clearness. Her straightwellformed nose, her finely cut mouth, and the graceful contour of her head and neck, showed that she once must have been beautiful; but her face was deeply wrinkled with lines of pain, and of proud and bitter endurance.

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