Sunny Stalter-Pace on Gertrude Hoffman & Imitation in Vaudeville Performance
In this episode, Sunny Stalter-Pace, Hargis Associate Professor of American Literature at Auburn University, discusses her book "Imitation Artist: Gertrude Hoffmann’s Life in Vaudeville and Dance," which is published by Northwestern University Press. Stalter-Pace begins by describing vaudeville performance at the turn of the century, and the particular style of Gertrude Hoffman. She explains how Hoffman's use of imitation can help us think about originality and creativity in the context of vaudeville. And she reflects on Hoffman's legacy. Stalter-Pace is on Twitter at @slstalter.