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Book Title: Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton|
The author of the book: Grant Hayter-Menzies
Date of issue: October 1st 2013
ISBN 13: 9780773542013
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 562 KB
Edition: McGill-Queen's University Press
Read full description of the books Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton:Kansas-born Pauline Benton (1898-1974) was encouraged by her father, one of America's earliest feminist male educators, to reach for the stars. Instead, she reached for shadows. In 1920s Beijing, she discovered shadow theatre (piyingxi), a performance art where translucent painted puppets are manipulated by highly trained masters to cast coloured shadows against an illuminated screen. Finding that this thousand-year-old forerunner of motion pictures was declining in China, Benton believed she could save the tradition by taking it to America. Mastering the male-dominated art form in China, Benton enchanted audiences eager for the exotic in Depression-era America. Her touring company, Red Gate Shadow Theatre, was lauded by theatre and art critics and even performed at Franklin Roosevelt's White House. Grant Hayter-Menzies traces Benton's performance history and her efforts to preserve shadow theatre as a global cultural treasure by drawing on her unpublished writings, the recollections of her colleagues, the testimonies of shadow masters who survived China's Cultural Revolution, as well as young innovators who have carried on Benton's pioneering work.
Read information about the authorBiographer Grant Hayter-Menzies has specialized in the lives of extraordinary but unsung women, among them Princess Der Ling, the Empress Dowager Cixi of China, Sarah Pike Conger, stage and screen stars Billie Burke and Charlotte Greenwood, and the American-born master of Chinese shadow theatre, Pauline Benton. Two new books are forthcoming - a biography of Lillian Carter, mother of President Jimmy Carter, and a life of Rags, the terrier mascot of the American First Division in France during World War I. Future projects include a history of The Brooke Hospital For Animals in Cairo, Egypt, and of its courageous founder, Dorothy Brooke and a memoir of Grant's maternal ancestors' three hundred year involvement with slavery.
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