Truth, Justice and the American Way: Structure, Narrative and Nation in Tourist Performances in Salem, MA

dc.contributor.advisorDolby, Sandra K.en
dc.contributor.advisorJanelli, Rogeren
dc.contributor.authorAldred, Benjamin Granthamen
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-16T15:11:40Z
dc.date.available2027-02-16T16:11:40Z
dc.date.issued2010-06-16
dc.date.submitted2009en
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) - Indiana University, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, 2009en
dc.description.abstractLooking at six performances (including tourist `museums' and walking tours) for the October influx of tourists to Salem, Massachusetts, this work outlines the way each performance encodes within a structural perspective on the nature of the Salem Witch Hysteria through the selective inclusion, exclusion and parallelizing of various events and characters. These perspectives are analyzed for their broader insight into narratives of national character, examining the way in which national character can be examined not as an objective force influencing production of narratives but as a form of discursive repetition, creating national character through repeated acts of unifying narrative. Also explored are the genealogical roots of these narratives, both in popular media about the witch trials and in historical explorations of the period. The fundamental argument at the heart of the work is that historical narratives are produced by creating a meta-narrative that produces a spectral American character, existing in the minds of the observers but not in any objective way.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2022/8673
dc.language.isoENen
dc.publisher[Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana Universityen
dc.rightsAttribution Share Alike (by-sa)en
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/en
dc.subjecthistoryen
dc.subjectidentityen
dc.subjectnationen
dc.subjectperformanceen
dc.subjecttourismen
dc.subjectwitchcraften
dc.subject.classificationFolkloreen
dc.subject.classificationAmerican Studiesen
dc.titleTruth, Justice and the American Way: Structure, Narrative and Nation in Tourist Performances in Salem, MAen
dc.typeDoctoral Dissertationen

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