Tomming: UTC On Stage & Screen, 1870s - 1920s
Each of the links below will open up a new window when you click on it. You can move around all you want in that new window, as when you'll look through the "CARDS" -- when you're done, just close the whole window (you usually do that by clicking the X in the upper righthand or lefthand corner of the browser display), and that will bring you back to this page so you can go on to the next part of the assignment. Ain't electronic technology great?
RECOMMENDED: We'll probably begin class Wednesday by looking at the earliest movie version of Stowe's story, made in 1903 for the Edison Company. It uses actors, sets, gestures and other elements of the stage "Tom Shows," so it's one way to get an idea of the spectacle Americans went to again and again as those "Shows" toured America. If you want to look at scenes from this movie ahead of time (and have a computer that plays QuickTime movies), you can go to THIS PAGE in the UTC website.
ALL THE REST OF THIS IS REQUIRED:
LITHOGRAPHS: If you can look at them over the ethernet, it shouldn't take long to look through all of these very dramatic and colorful posters. They probably date from 1900-1915. One thing to be looking for is how these posters reduce both Stowe's story and her characters to "quintessences" -- though if you look at the TWO TOM'S exhibit, it will remind us that even as "essences" or "stereotypes," the figures in this spectacle can embody ambivalences and contradictions. If you have to look at these through a modem, look at enough to get a sense of what they are.
PROMOTIONAL CARDS: Again, if you have a good connection to the Internet, you should be able to look through this material fairly quickly.
PLAYBILLS: The site contains over 40 playbills and flyers from the whole history of UTC on stage. Feel free to look at as much of this material as you want -- you can access it through the last two links below. But for the class, make sure you at least look at the 10 bills and flyers listed first. When you enlarge the bills' various sections, you'll be able to read almost all the print -- and I'd like you to both read the words and study the images on these items to see what they suggest about the cultural work UTC on stage did after emancipation.
If any of this is unclear, or hard to locate, please let me know by e-mail.