The Resource How the Arabian nights inspired the American dream, 1790-1935, Susan Nance, (ebook)

How the Arabian nights inspired the American dream, 1790-1935, Susan Nance, (ebook)

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How the Arabian nights inspired the American dream, 1790-1935
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How the Arabian nights inspired the American dream, 1790-1935
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Susan Nance
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eng
Summary
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. In this captivating volume, Susan Nance provides a social and cultural history of this highly popular genre of Easternized performance in America up to the Great Depression. According to Nance, these traditions reveal how a broad spectrum of Americans, including recent immigrants and impersonators, behaved as producers and consumers in a rapidly developing capitalist economy. In admiration of the Arabian Nights, people creatively reenacted Eastern life, but these performances were also demonstrations of Americans' own identities, Nance argues. The story of Aladdin, made suddenly rich by rubbing an old lamp, stood as a particularly apt metaphor for how consumer capitalism might benefit each person. The leisure, abundance, and contentment that many imagined were typical of Eastern life were the same characteristics used to define "the American dream."The recent success of Disney's Aladdin movies suggests that many Americans still welcome an interpretation of the East as a site of incredible riches, romance, and happy endings. This abundantly illustrated account is the first by a historian to explain why and how so many Americans sought out such cultural engagement with the Eastern world long before geopolitical concerns became paramount
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Midwest
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Nance, Susan
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909/.0974927
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non fiction
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  • Electronic books
  • United States
  • Arab countries
  • Orientalism
  • United States
  • United States
  • Performing arts
  • Popular culture
  • Capitalism
  • United States
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adult
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How the Arabian nights inspired the American dream, 1790-1935, Susan Nance, (ebook)
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9780807894057
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11710168
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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How the Arabian nights inspired the American dream, 1790-1935, Susan Nance, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780807894057
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11710168
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11710168
System control number
MWT11710168
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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