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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935$
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Susan Nance

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832745

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807894057_nance

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Introduction Playing Eastern

Introduction Playing Eastern

(p.1) Introduction Playing Eastern
How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935

Susan Nance

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter discusses the phenomenon of Eastern impersonation in the United States from 1790–1935. The art of playing Eastern percolated out into American life via two parallel modes: professional personae, normally in performances observers understood as staged entertainment; and nonprofessional personae, which viewers found in contexts that implied that the performer was expressing a sincere sense of him or herself whether this was true or not. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Eastern impersonation, American life, professional personae

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