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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935

Susan Nance


Americans have always shown a fascination with the people, customs, and legends of the “East”—witness the popularity of the stories of the Arabian Nights, the performances of Arab belly dancers and acrobats, the feats of turban-wearing vaudeville magicians, and even the antics of fez-topped Shriners. This book provides a social and cultural history of this highly popular genre of Easternized performance in America up to the Great Depression. It argues that these traditions reveal how a broad spectrum of Americans, including recent immigrants and impersonators, behaved as producers and consumer ... More

Keywords: Arabian Nights, belly dancers, Easternized performance, immigrants, impersonators, Aladdin, Disney

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832745
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807894057_nance


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Nance, author