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Blackface and Yellowface: American Theater and Racial Performance
Josephine Lee, University of Minnesota

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The Shared Spaces of Blackface and Yellowface (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: The Shared Spaces of Blackface and Yellowface
Author: Josephine Lee
Abstract: Josephine Lee (Professor of English and Asian American Studies, UM) and Sarah Bellamy (Artistic Director, Penumbra Theatre) will talk about the intersecting histories and contemporary dynamics of black and Asian representation in American theater. Lee will share some of her current research on how different theatrical forms such as minstrelsy, vaudeville, and musical theater juxtaposed blackface representation and stage orientalism in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Bellamy will comment on how this history has affect theater practice today, and what kinds of change and collaboration we might imagine for the future. This will be a fascinating conversation about how American theater defines or moves across racial lines, understanding the persistence of racial stereotypes, and building coalitions.
Date: 09/26/2019