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Glimpses of Gertrude: Piecing Together the Life of a Vaudeville Performer

THIS IS A PAST EVENT.

Glimpses of Gertrude: Piecing Together the Life of a Vaudeville Performer

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 4pm via Zoom

Registration required- link will be sent via email. 

Sunny Stalter-Pace will discuss her recent biography of vaudevillian Gertrude Hoffmann, whose scrapbooks and diaries are held by Special Collections & Archives at the ZSR Library. Gertrude Hoffmann made her name in the early twentieth century as an imitator, copying highbrow performances from Europe and popularizing them for a broader American audience. Her life intersected with those of central figures in twentieth-century popular culture and dance, including Florenz Ziegfeld, George M. Cohan, Isadora Duncan, and Ruth St. Denis. Dr. Stalter-Pace will share information about Hoffmann’s long and varied career on the stage, along with behind-the-scenes anecdotes about what it feels like to assemble the story of someone else’s life.

Sunny Stalter-Pace, Hargis Associate Professor of American Literature at Auburn University, received her PhD from Rutgers University and her BA from Loyola University Chicago. She specializes in the interdisciplinary study of American popular performance, literature, and urban space. She has published articles on American theatre in Journal of American Drama and TheatreTheatre Symposium, and Transfers Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility StudiesImitation Artist: Gertrude Hoffmann’s Life in Vaudeville and Dance (Northwestern University Press, 2020), is her most recent monograph.

Dial-In Information

TBD

Tuesday, March 30 at 4:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Community

Departments

Administrative, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Target Audience

General Public

Website

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA...

Contact name

Tanya Zanish-Belcher

Contact email

archives@wfu.edu

Contact phone number

3367586175

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