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Dancing RevolutionBodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History$
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Christopher J. Smith

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042393

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042393.001.0001

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A Tale of Two Cities I

A Tale of Two Cities I

Akimbo Bodies and the English Caribbean

(p.29) Chapter 2 A Tale of Two Cities I
Dancing Revolution

Christopher J. Smith

University of Illinois Press

The first of two companion chapters, this essay focuses especially on the historical meeting of European and African American movement vocabularies in English-speaking early-nineteenth-century contexts. It focuses particularly upon public music and dance in two creolized cities: Kingston, Jamaica, and New York City. Primary source evidence includes period illustrations (most notably, a ca. 1802 watercolor entitled A Grand Jamaica Ball) and period accounts of entertainments at lower Manhattan’s African Grove Theater; both are analyzed for the evidence they provide regarding the synthesis of creolized movement vocabularies and, by extension, cultural experiences. Methodology is drawn especially from iconography and kinesics.

Keywords:   nineteenth century, Jamaica, Manhattan, iconography, theatre, African American, festival, Pinkster, Jonconnu

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