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Sovereign acts : performing race, space, and belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone

Title
Sovereign acts : performing race, space, and belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone / Katherine A. Zien.
Author
Zien, Katherine A., 1981-
Publication
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2017]

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Description
xii, 265 pages : illustrations, maps; 24 cm
Series Statement
Critical Caribbean studies
Uniform Title
Critical Caribbean studies.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • History.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-253) and index.
Contents
Introduction : Setting the Scene of Sovereignty -- Sovereignty's Mise-en-scène : The Necessary Aesthetics of New Empire -- Entertaining Sovereignty : The Politics of Recreation in the Panama Canal Zone -- Beyond Sovereignty : Black Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Diplomacy in Concert -- National Theatre and Popular Sovereignty : Staging el pueblo panameño -- Staging Sovereignty and Memory in the Panama Canal Handover -- Coda : After Sovereignty.
Call Number
Sc E 18-201
ISBN
  • 9780813584232
  • 081358423X
  • 9780813584102
  • 0813584108
LCCN
2016053263
OCLC
978543452
Author
Zien, Katherine A., 1981- author.
Title
Sovereign acts : performing race, space, and belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone / Katherine A. Zien.
Publisher
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2017]
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Series
Critical Caribbean studies
Critical Caribbean studies.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-253) and index.
Summary
"Sovereign Acts investigates the ways that artists, audiences, and activists performed their allegiances to the Panama Canal Zone over a century of US-Panama tensions, in which the Canal Zone's contested sovereignty played a central part. The book examines a series of performances that punctuated the Canal Zone's existence, from its inception in 1903 to its dissolution in 1999, and into the post-occupation present. White US citizens, West Indian labor migrants, and Panamanian artists and activists employed performances--ranging from popular entertainments and patriotic pageants to opera concerts and national theatre--to assert and challenge the Canal Zone's sovereignty, claiming their places in the Zone's physical terrain and representational imaginary. These performances were at once located within the Canal Zone and embedded in transnational flows of US empire, neoliberal capitalism, black internationalism, anticolonial movements, and regional migration. By demonstrating the place of performance in US empire's legal landscape, Sovereign Acts aims to transform our understanding of US imperialism and its aftermath in Panama and what Frank Guridy calls the "US-Caribbean world.""-- Provided by publisher.
Chronological Term
1900-1999
Research Call Number
Sc E 18-201
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