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In this article, I analyze performing objects that were attributed to the agency of Black spirits within the 19th-century American spiritualist movement, exposing how white, female spirit mediums supported and tested a racial metaphysics that assumed white transcendence and Black materiality.
University Of Connecticut
representation, race and ethnicity, Channeling (Spiritualism)—History—19th century, matter—philosophy
African American Studies | Arts and Humanities | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History
Rickards, Hazel, "Matter’s “Dark” Powers: Performing Objects and Racialization in Nineteenth-Century American Spiritualism" (2023). Representing Alterity through Puppetry and Performing Objects. Edited by John Bell, Matthew Isaac Cohen, and Jungmin Song.