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Thu, November 3, 2005 • 7:00 PM • BookWoman 918 W. 12th St. (12th and Lamar) Austin, TX 78703
The Center for Women's and Gender Studies invites you to join us in celebrating the publication of Charlotte Canning's The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance (Iowa, 2005). This author-meets-readers discussion will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 at BookWoman (918 W. 12th St. (12th and Lamar) Austin, TX 78703 Tel: 512-472-2785). Charlotte Canning, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, describes her book as an analysis of Circuit Chautauquas, which flourished between 1904 and the Great Depression and were unique performances that both sustained and undermined small-town America, staging what it meant to be a citizen of the US. The Circuits offered a wide range of employment choices for women and women audience members had significant impact on where, when, and what was performed. Thus national understandings of gender were constantly being performed in and around the Chautauqua tent.