Cakewalk in London

I am back to doing research on the Cakewalk and found this website. I was  looking for more details on the In Dahomey  tour to the UK and stumbled onto this gem. I think the V&A museum is having an exhibit. Kind of bummed I missed it. Was there this summer! A trip to London might be on the schedule! More research/details to follow. Very Excited.

History of Black Dance

 

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Top ten questions for the PhD oral exam

Saw this article on #phdchat. Think it might be useful down the road. 11 months to go!!

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Listen: Robin Williams talks to Whoopi Goldberg about his legacy

Originally posted on PopWatch:

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Last September, Robin Williams sat down with Whoopi Goldberg for a Sirius Town Hall. The primary reason for the talk was to discuss Williams’ return to television for The Crazy Ones, but the conversation quickly turned to everything from the late comedian’s thoughts on his recent roles to his and Goldberg’s favorite comedians–from Richard Pryor to Billy Crystal.

Below, enjoy some of the most memorable moments from their talk.

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Critical Theory Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Another site of interest. For my purposes, critical race theory is my interest in this article.

Critical Theory Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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Amardeep Singh: Teaching Notes: Transatlantic Modernism

I was looking for information on transatlantic modernism and found this blog post.

Interesting notes.

Amardeep Singh: Teaching Notes: Transatlantic Modernism.

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Performance and Ethnography

The plan for today was as follows:

1: Performance Ethnography: Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of Culture edited by Norman K. Denz

2: African American Theatre edited by Harvey Young (revisit)

3: Other books on performance

I forgot to add that I have other things (life stuff, conference planning/housekeeping, thank you notes, email) that need to be done as well. Today, those “other things” took more time to do than I would like. However, I did get some writing/reading accomplished.

WHAT I DID TODAY

-I started reading with Richard Schechner’s book Performance Studies: An Introduction.

WHY DID I DO IT

-Not only does Schechner discuss Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s work (which I love), he appears to be an authority on the subject of “performance” so I thought it best to start here. If I am going to focus on the performative aspects of the two plays I focus on in this chapter, I need a deeper understanding of the field.

WHAT I DID TODAY

-Typed notes as I read. 500 words towards paper (which eventually will be a chapter/section of dissertation)

WHY DID I DO IT

-I need to get this paper written and even though I am still struggling with having a solid argument, it is important to write. Write everyday. By the end of the week I should have half of this paper written.

It seems I am going to need the whole week to finish the afore mentioned texts. So, the plan for tomorrow:

1: Finish reading/taking notes from  Richard Schechner’s book Performance Studies: An Introduction

2: Write an additional 500 words (min). Bring in what is salvageable from first draft of chapter.

3: Regarding “other things,” try to cut my email box down by half and write 10 thank you notes.

Onwards…

Black Irish Girl

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No Argument

I have no argument for my dissertation. I have material, lots of written material in relation to my research, but I am still without a complete thesis for my project. Today, this week, I need to re-write part of a draft chapter I have for an upcoming conference. I need to do that this week because I am taking next week off for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

WHAT I DID TODAY

-Read work by Anthea Kraut

WHY DID I DO IT

-The draft of this chapter proposes Synge’s use of the keen recalls the Great Famine and Hurston’s use of cake-walking recalls slavery. While I still support and would like to argue this position I have gotten too much push back to go forward at this time. Moreover, if I argue this specific point, I am not sure how such a position plays into the rest of my dissertation. So, I need to reposition what I have written around a different argument (ultimately, an argument that ties into the overall project).

WHAT I DID TODAY

-Checked out books from the library on cultural anthropology including Writing Culture, After Writing Culture, and Comparison.

WHY DID I DO IT

-I need an argument! Hoping one of these books helps me get my thoughts together.

 

Feel like I wasted too much time searching for material today. Tomorrow, read the books I have checked out first. Hopefully this will help get more accomplished.

1: Performance Ethnography: Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of Culture edited by Norman K. Denz

2: African American Theatre edited by Harvey Young (revisit)

3: Other books on performance

I  want to focus on the performative aspects of these plays. Also, I will need to bring in some aspect of how essentialism (staging the race) is used in these plays.

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