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Dance marathons [electronic resource] : performing American culture of the 1920sand 1930s / Carol Martin ; foreword by Brooks McNamara.

By: Martin, Carol J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Performance studies (Jackson, Miss.): Publisher: Jackson, Miss. : University Press of Mississippi, c1994Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 182 p.) : ill.ISBN: 0585217521 (electronic bk.); 9780585217529 (electronic bk.); 9780878056736; 0878056734; 9780878057016; 0878057013.Subject(s): Dance marathons -- United States -- History | Dance marathons -- Social aspects -- United States | United States -- Social life and customs -- 1918-1945 | PERFORMING ARTS -- Dance -- Modern | PERFORMING ARTS -- Dance -- Classical & Ballet | Electronic booksGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Dance marathons.DDC classification: 792.8 Other classification: 76.61 Online resources: EBSCOhost 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-176) and index.

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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.

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