Dance Marathons by Carol Martin
Performing American Culture in the 1920s and 1930s (Performance Studies)

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This penetrating analysis of one of the most extraordinary fads ever to strike America details how dance marathons manifested a potent from of drama. Between the two world wars they were a phenomenon in which working-class people engaged in emblematic struggles for survival. Battling to outlast other contestants, the dancers hoped to become notable. There was crippling exhaustion and anguish among the contenders, but ultimately it was the coupling of authentic pain with staged displays that made dance marathons a national craze. Within the well-controlled space of theatre they revealed actual life's unpredictability and inconsistencies, and, indeed, the frightful aspects of social Darwinism. In this grotesque theatrical setting we see also a horrifying metaphor - the ailing nation grappling with difficult times.

About Carol Martin

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Martin is a portrait painter and has studied at the Art Students' League in New York City. She now attends the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Carol graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board from DePauw University in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Psychology. She then received a M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology at Purdue University in 1959.
Published August 1, 1994 by University Press of Mississippi. 182 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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