New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2017.
Book — 1 online resource.
Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations and Tables; Note on Text; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Setting the Scene of Sovereignty;
Chapter 1: Sovereignty's Mise-en-scène: The Necessary Aesthetics of New Empire;
Chapter 2: Entertaining Sovereignty: The Politics of Recreation in the Panama Canal Zone;
Chapter 3: Beyond Sovereignty: Black Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Diplomacy in Concert;
Chapter 4: National Theatre and Popular Sovereignty: Staging el pueblo panameño;
Chapter 5: Staging Sovereignty and Memory in the Panama Canal Handover.
Coda: After SovereigntyAcknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
Sovereign Acts explores how artists, activists, and audiences performed and interpreted sovereignty struggles in the Panama Canal Zone, from the Canal Zone's inception in 1903 to its dissolution in 1999. In popular entertainments and patriotic pageants, opera concerts and national theatre, white U.S. citizens, West Indian laborers, and Panamanian artists and activists used performance as a way to assert their right to the Canal Zone and challenge the Zone's sovereignty, laying claim to the Zone's physical space and imagined terrain. By demonstrating the place of performance in the U.S. Empire's legal landscape, Katherine A. Zien transforms our understanding of U.S. imperialism and its aftermath in the Panama Canal Zone and the larger U.S.-Caribbean world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)