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Carnival Is Woman: Feminism and Performance in Caribbean Mas

Frances Henry and Dwaine Plaza


What is most intriguing in the Carnivals today is the substantial increase in the number of women who play mas’ with some figures estimating as much as 70% of all players. This volume, probably the first of its kind to concentrate solely on women in Carnival, normalizes the contemporary Carnival especially as it is playedin Trinidad and Tobago by demonstrating not only their numerical strength but the kind of mas’that is featured. The bikini and beads or bikini and feathers or 'pretty mas' is the dominant mas’ in today’s Carnival. The players of today, mainly women, are signifying or symbolizi ... More

Keywords: Women, pretty mas’, Commoditisation, “winin”, Performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781496825445
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496825445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frances Henry, editor
York University

Dwaine Plaza, editor
Oregon State University