Date of Award
Film, Theatre & Communication Arts
Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts
Troupers: Essays in Three Rings is a collection of fourteen essays focused mainly on variety entertainers (including the author). It leads the reader through a menagerie of the author's own enthusiasms--from clowning and circus elephants, to hot jazz and the ukulele. While the primary occupation of the "troupers"spotlighted here has always been to delight audiences, many of them--both human and animal--could not escape the hardscrabble, the sundered relations, the violence of everyday life. The author tells the stories of these "troupers" here, stories that reveal both their suffering and their refusal to suffer.
Pult, Jon, "Troupers: Essays in Three Rings" (2009). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 931.