Performing Menken

Performing Menken

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Performing Menken uses the life experiences of controversial actress and poet Adah Isaacs Menken to examine the culture of the Civil War period and what Menken's choices reveal about her period. It explores the roots of the cult of celebrity that emerged from crucible of war. While discussing Menken's racial and ethnic claims and her performance of gender and sexuality, Performing Menken focuses on contemporary use of social categories to explain patterns in America's past and considers why such categories appear to remain important.Newell and Menken were in the midst of their epistolary courtship when McHenry County, Illinois, fmally certified Menkena#39;s divorce ... Illinois, copy made and sealed on May 2o, i938. by circuit court clerk Will T. Conn, copies in Kocach, vol, ( agt;.

Title:Performing Menken
Author:Renée M. Sentilles
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2003-05-26


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