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Pioneer Performances: Staging the Frontier

Matthew Rebhorn


Pioneer Performances: Staging the Frontier, 1829–1893, offers the first synoptic treatment of the history of American frontier performance ranging from Jacksonian America to Buffalo Bill's Wild West show at the Columbian Exposition of 1893. This project is not simply an addition to the history of the American theater. It reconceives how the frontier was—and still is—defined in performance and what it means for that frontier to be called “American.” This project finds, in a series of plays written between 1829 and 1881, a theatrical genealogy that worked aesthetically and political ... More

Keywords: frontier, performance, melodrama, manifest destiny, nineteenth century, theater, history, pioneer, transgressive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Rebhorn, author
James Madison University