New York Area Scholars: Invitation to Sarah Chinn's Salon Talk

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September 19, 2017
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Literature

Hi, American studies scholars in the New York City region! The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) invites you to Sarah Chinn's Salon Talk on her new book, Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early American Stage (Oxford University Press).

Sarah's talk is on Tuesday September 19th, at 6:30pm in the Faculty and Staff Lounge, on the 8th floor of the West Building, Hunter College (Lexington Avenue and 68th Street).

In Spectacular Men, Sarah E. Chinn investigates how working class white men looked to the early American theatre for examples of ideal manhood. Theatre-going was the primary source of entertainment for working people of the early Republic and the Jacksonian period, and plays implicitly and explicitly addressed the risks and rewards of citizenship. Ranging from representations of the heroes of the American Revolution to images of doomed Indians to plays about ancient Rome, Chinn unearths dozens of plays rarely read by critics. Spectacular Men places the theatre at the center of the self-creation of working white men, as voters, as workers, and as Americans.

Salon Talks are an opportunity for local American Studies scholars to share their published work with an intimate audience. They tend to be small, lively, and informative; light refreshments are served. For directions, more information, or to rsvp, contact Justin Rogers-Cooper at

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Justin Rogers-Cooper, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY)

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