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Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession
     

Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession

by Margaret M. McGowan
 

Dance was at the core of Renaissance social activity in France and had important connections with most major issues of the period. This finely illustrated book provides the first full account of the pivotal place and high status of dance in sixteenth-century French culture and society.

Margaret M. McGowan examines the diverse forms of dance in the Renaissance,

Overview

Dance was at the core of Renaissance social activity in France and had important connections with most major issues of the period. This finely illustrated book provides the first full account of the pivotal place and high status of dance in sixteenth-century French culture and society.

Margaret M. McGowan examines the diverse forms of dance in the Renaissance, contemporary attitudes toward dance, and the light this throws on moral, political, and aesthetic concerns of the time. Among the subjects she covers are: expectations of dance; style, costume, music, and social coding; court dance versus social dancing; dance and the Valois dynasty; professional dancers, virtuosos, and choreographers; burlesque; opposition to dance; and dance and the people. Nearly one hundred illustrations, many of them rare, accompany the engrossing text.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 by Choice Magazine

Journal of Modern History

"[A] magisterial new book on dance in the sixteenth century. . . . [A] comprehensive new history."—Katie van Orden, Journal of Modern History

— Kate van Orden

Renaissance Quarterly

"A bibliographic trove, begging to be explored, and the fact that Professor McGowan has assembled it all is simply astounding."--Katherine Tucker McGinnis, Renaissance Quarterly

— Katherine Tucker McGinnis

Canadian Journal of History

"On the subject of Renaissance dance, no maestro knows better how to orchestrate such a performance than Margaret M. McGowan. . . . Elegantly written and lavishly produced. . . . Perhaps it should likened to a performance in perpetual rehearsal, one that invites the reader to join and thus contribute to the movement already well underway thanks to McGowan''s own mastery of Renaissance dance."—Michael Wolfe, Canadian Journal of History

— Michael Wolfe

The Sixteenth Century Journal

"This erudite and handsomely illustrated book manages to be both scholarly and entertaining. . . . Readers [will] discover the abundant research material, observations, and analyses offered in Dance in the Renaissance."—Hervé-Thomas Campagne, The Sixteenth Century Journal

— Herv�-Thomas Campagne

Journal of Modern History - Kate van Orden
"[A] magisterial new book on dance in the sixteenth century. . . . [A] comprehensive new history."—Katie van Orden, Journal of Modern History
Renaissance Quarterly - Katherine Tucker McGinnis
"A bibliographic trove, begging to be explored, and the fact that Professor McGowan has assembled it all is simply astounding."—Katherine Tucker McGinnis, Renaissance Quarterly
Canadian Journal of History - Michael Wolfe
"On the subject of Renaissance dance, no maestro knows better how to orchestrate such a performance than Margaret M. McGowan. . . . Elegantly written and lavishly produced. . . . Perhaps it should likened to a performance in perpetual rehearsal, one that invites the reader to join and thus contribute to the movement already well underway thanks to McGowan's own mastery of Renaissance dance."—Michael Wolfe, Canadian Journal of History
The Sixteenth Century Journal - Herv�-Thomas Campagne
"This erudite and handsomely illustrated book manages to be both scholarly and entertaining. . . . Readers [will] discover the abundant research material, observations, and analyses offered in Dance in the Renaissance."—Hervé-Thomas Campagne, The Sixteenth Century Journal
The Sixteenth Century Journal - Hervé-Thomas Campagne
"This erudite and handsomely illustrated book manages to be both scholarly and entertaining. . . . Readers [will] discover the abundant research material, observations, and analyses offered in Dance in the Renaissance."—Hervé-Thomas Campagne, The Sixteenth Century Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300115574
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Margaret M. McGowan is research professor of French at the University of Sussex and an internationally known scholar of sixteenth-century French culture. She is the author of The Vision of Rome in Late Renaissance France, published by Yale University Press.

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