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Long Island and the Lower East Side: Mount’s Background, Youth, and Apprenticeships

Christopher J. Smith

in The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037764
eISBN:
9780252095047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the creolizing maritime cultures of Long Island and Manhattan, two New York islands that directly shaped William Sidney Mount's personal and musical world. It reconstructs the ... More


Framing the Margins: Geometries of Space and American Genre Painting

Ivy G. Wilson

in Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Politics in the Antebellum U.S.

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195337372
eISBN:
9780199896929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337372.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter illuminates how the compositional logic of American genre painting strategically organized zones in terms of centers and margins in various settings as different as parlors, fields, and ... More


Minstrelsy’s Material Culture: The Evidence of Mount’s Portraiture

Christopher J. Smith

in The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037764
eISBN:
9780252095047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the material culture of blackface minstrelsy, and particularly of instrumental dance music in the “creole synthesis,” using evidence drawn from William Sidney Mount's four ... More


Recovering the Creole Synthesis: The Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Christopher J. Smith

in The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037764
eISBN:
9780252095047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book traces the roots of blackface minstrelsy—and the creole sounds, practices, and procedures that made minstrelsy possible—by analyzing the artworks, letters, sketchbooks, music collection, ... More


Melody’s Polyrhythmic Polysemic Possibilities: The Bodily Evidence of Mount’s Music

Christopher J. Smith

in The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037764
eISBN:
9780252095047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the musical repertoires collected by William Sidney Mount in order to understand early minstrelsy's melodic imagination and polyrhythmic style as well as its creole synthesis. ... More


Akimbo Culture: Dance and the Participatory Pleasures of the Body

Christopher J. Smith

in The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037764
eISBN:
9780252095047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the physical and participatory implications of blackface dance, and the dance cultures more generally, depicted by William Sidney Mount. It also uses the evidence drawn from ... More


The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Christopher J. Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037764
eISBN:
9780252095047
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book examines the artworks, letters, sketchbooks, music collection, and biography of the painter William Sidney Mount (1807–1868) as a lens through which to see the multi-ethnic antebellum world ... More


Conclusion: The Creole Synthesis in American Culture

Christopher J. Smith

in The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037764
eISBN:
9780252095047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037764.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book has constructed a portrait of the multiethnic nineteenth-century world that gave birth to blackface minstrelsy using primary sources such as demographics, tune repertoires, archival ... More


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