Combatting Prejudice through Performance: Rhetoric of Violence in Critical Reviews of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield

Alexandra Reznik

Duquesne University

Alexandra Reznik is a PhD Candidate at Duquesne University and the Word and Music Studies (WMS) Association Forum Coordinator. Her article “Popular Music & Colonial Violence in Bessie Head’s A Question of Power” (Lamar Journal of the Humanities, 2017) brings postcolonial theory to a WMS lens. She has reviewed for Journal of American Culture and Ars Lyrica, and she has twice contributed to the “Year in Conferences” feature for ESQ. Her dissertation integrates WMS with critical race, feminist, and cultural studies to explore the power dynamics of black and white women performers in nineteenth and early twentieth-century American cultural texts.


In 1855, Philadelphia publisher William S. Young released The Black Swan At Home and Abroad; or, A Biographical Sketch of Miss Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, The American Vocalist. The biography begins with Greenfield, freed... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Alexandra Reznik (Duquesne University)

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Performing Citizenship in Hostile Climates


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