Performing ‘Little Egypt’: Ashea Wabe and the American Harem Scenario

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The belly dancer Ashea Wabe reached national fame as ‘Little Egypt’ in her provocative performances on and off stage in the late nineteenth century. I argue that her strategic embodiment of colonial harem fantasies was integral to the development of an American harem scenario that merges orientalist fantasies with the specter of U.S. slavery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApproaching Transnational America in Performance
EditorsBirgit M. Bauridl , Pia Wiegmink
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien
PublisherPeter Lang
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)9783631701553
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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