Cover of Shannon Rose Riley's book Performing Race and Erasure: Cuba, Haiti, and US CUlture, 1989-1940. Cover contains author and title in white text against a blue background with a silhouette illustration of a person's face in profile, the person is wearing an old-fashioned, wide-brimmed hat with a white feather

Performing Race and Erasure: Cuba, Haiti, and US Culture, 1898–1940

Author: Shannon Rose Riley

Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History Series

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In this book, Shannon Rose Riley provides a critically rich investigation of representations of Cuba and Haiti in US culture in order to analyze their significance not only to the emergence of empire but especially to the reconfiguration of US racial structures along increasingly biracial lines.

Based on impressive research and with extensive analysis of various textual and performance forms including a largely unique set of skits, plays, songs, cultural performances and other popular amusements, Riley shows that Cuba and Haiti were particularly meaningful to the ways that people in the US re-imagined themselves as black or white and that racial positions were renegotiated through what she calls acts of palimpsest: marking and unmarking, racing and erasing difference.

Riley’s book demands a reassessment of the importance of the occupations of Cuba and Haiti to US culture, challenging conventional understandings of performance, empire, and race at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Cover of Shannon Rose Riley's book Performing Race and Erasure: Cuba, Haiti, and US CUlture, 1989-1940. Cover contains author and title in white text against a blue background with a silhouette illustration of a person's face in profile, the person is wearing an old-fashioned, wide-brimmed hat with a white feather