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Author Roach, Joseph R., 1947-

Title Cities of the dead : circum-Atlantic performance / Joseph Roach
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [1996]


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Description xvi, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series The social foundations of aesthetic forms
Social foundations of aesthetic forms series.
Summary Through illuminating discussions of social events ranging from burials to sacrifices, from auctions to parades, encompassing regional traditions as diverse as Haitian Voudon and British funerals, the book looks at the synchretic performance traditions of Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Exploring processes of substitution, or surrogation, as enacted in performance, Roach demonstrates the ways in which we fill the voids left by death and departure. Cities of the Dead proposes a new way to think about the relationship between history and memory as well as between document and performance. It details patterns of remembrance and forgetting, of communities forging their identities and imagining their futures
Artfully interweaving theatrical, musical, and ritual performance along the Atlantic rim from the eighteenth century to the present, Cities of the Dead explores a rich continuum of cultural exchange that imaginatively reinvents, re-creates, and restores history. Enriched with fifty-five illustrations, including spectacular photos of New Orleans's famed Mardi Gras Indians, Joseph Roach's work employs an entirely unique approach to the study of culture. Rather than focusing on one region, Cities of the Dead describes broad cultural connections over place and time, showing through myriad examples how performance can revise the unwritten past
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [287]-309) and index
Subject Carnival -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History.
Communication and culture.
Folklore -- Performance -- England -- London.
Folklore -- Performance -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Folklore -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Theater and society -- England -- History.
Theater and society -- England -- London -- History.
Memory -- Social aspects.
Theater and society -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History.
Theater and society -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
London (England) -- History.
New Orleans (La.) -- History.
LC no. 95033447
ISBN 023110460X (acid-free paper)
0231104618 (paperback)