xii, 370 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -355) and index.
African American performance in the Harlem renaissance -- PART I. 1910-1918 -- Men in black and white: race and masculinity in the heavyweight title fight of 1910 -- Exoticism, dance, and racial myths: modern dance and the class divide in the choreography of Aida Overton Walker and Ethel Waters -- "Pageant is the thing": black nationalism and The star of Ethiopia -- PART II. BLACK DRAMA -- Walter Benjamin and the lynching play: mourning and allegory in Angelina Weld Grimké's Rachel -- Migration, fragmentation, and identity: Zora Neale Hurston's Color struck and the geography of the Harlem renaissance -- Wages of culture: Alain Locke and the folk dramas of Georgia Douglas Johnson and Willis Richardson -- PART III. 1918-1927 -- "In the whirlwind and the storm": Marcus Garvey and the performance of black nationalism -- Whose role is it, anyway?: Charles Gilpin and the Harlem renaissance -- "What constitutes a race drama and how may we know it when we find it?": the little theatre movement and the black public sphere -- Shuffle along and the quest for nostalgia: black musicals of the 1920s -- Conclusion: End of "butter side up."