An American yell! performative and staged authenticity in the Wild West Show.

Lovell, J. and Hitchmough, S. (2018) An American yell! performative and staged authenticity in the Wild West Show. Journal Of American Culture. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This article examines how staged authenticity was drawn upon both backstage and frontstage in Buffalo Bill's Wild West tours. The paper explores how the staged backstage was developed by William Cody to sell American identity and appeal to the 'experience economy' of the 1900s. The show was developed to cultivate nostalgia in the audience against the backdrop of the 'vanishing Indian' and disappearing Frontier. The paper explores issues such as identity, culture and belonging, drawing extensively on local archive material from East Kent newspaper articles of the 1900s.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G0155 Tourism
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Jane Lovell
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 16:42
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 16:42
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16609

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