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British culture in Porfirian Mexico: the clown Ricardo Bell and the Circo Orrin by John Gray

British actors had a lasting socioeconomic impact on Mexico throughout the period of the Porfiriato (1876–1911). Understanding this influence demands an interdisciplinary sensibility that moves towards what Robert D. Aguirre calls ‘an expanded account of British informal imperialism in Mexico and Central America, one focused not merely on trade and politics but on the transatlantic networks of culture that accompanied and enabled them.’ This article focuses on two examples of British cultural influence in Porfirian Mexico: the practice of the British clown Ricardo Bell, and the Circo Orrin, a circus established by three Anglo-American brothers- It is suggested that, by importing British cultural forms, Bell and the Orrins also implanted British cultural norms in the heart of Mexican society, thereby contributing to the broader transformation that was the overarching goal of the Porfirian project.

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Monday, June 21, 2021
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