Cultivating National Identity through Performance

American Pleasure Gardens and Entertainment

  • Authors
  • Naomi J. Stubbs

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Naomi J. Stubbs
    Pages 1-20
  3. Naomi J. Stubbs
    Pages 43-63
  4. Naomi J. Stubbs
    Pages 109-130
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 131-177

About this book


As outdoor entertainment venues in American cities, pleasure gardens were public spaces where people could explore what it meant to be American. Stubbs examines how these venues helped form American identity and argues the gardens allowed for the exploration of what it meant to be American through performance, both on and off the stage.


African Americans identity Native Americans stage

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