Dance Pathologies: Performance, Poetics, Medicine

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A history of dance's pathologization may startle readers who find in dance performance grace, discipline, geometry, poetry, and the body's transcendence of itself. Exploring dance's historical links to the medical and scientific connotations of a "pathology," this book asks what has subtended the idealization of dance in the West. It investigates the nineteenth-century response, in the intersections of dance, literature, and medicine, to the complex and long-standing connections between illness, madness, poetry, ...
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Overview

A history of dance's pathologization may startle readers who find in dance performance grace, discipline, geometry, poetry, and the body's transcendence of itself. Exploring dance's historical links to the medical and scientific connotations of a "pathology," this book asks what has subtended the idealization of dance in the West. It investigates the nineteenth-century response, in the intersections of dance, literature, and medicine, to the complex and long-standing connections between illness, madness, poetry, and performance.
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“This book harvests the fruits of a decade of critical rethinking about Freud and Lacan and historical research into the history of medicine to rewrite the history of dance in literature, as literature, and against literature. In that way it is without rivals.”—Joseph Roach, Yale University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804729895
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Writing Science Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Felicia McCarren is Assistant Professor of French at Tulane University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Idealism, Pathology, Idiopathy: Chorus, Chorea, and Chora 6
2 The Madness of Giselle 49
3 The "Symptomatic Act": Mallarme, Charcot, and Loie Fuller 113
4 Celine's Biology and the Ballets of Bagatelles pour un massacre 172
Notes 223
Bibliography 261
Index 273
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