Meaning in Motion: New Cultural Studies of Dance / Edition 1

Meaning in Motion: New Cultural Studies of Dance / Edition 1

by Jane C. Desmond
     
 

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ISBN-10: 082231942X

ISBN-13: 9780822319429

Pub. Date: 04/30/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Dance, whether considered as an art form or embodied social practice, as product or process, is a prime subject for cultural analysis. Yet only recently have studies of dance become concerned with the ideological, theoretical, and social meanings of dance practices, performances, and institutions. In Meaning in Motion, Jane C. Desmond brings together the

Overview

Dance, whether considered as an art form or embodied social practice, as product or process, is a prime subject for cultural analysis. Yet only recently have studies of dance become concerned with the ideological, theoretical, and social meanings of dance practices, performances, and institutions. In Meaning in Motion, Jane C. Desmond brings together the work of critics who have ventured into the boundaries between dance and cultural studies, and thus maps a little-known and rarely explored critical site.
Writing from a broad range of perspectives, contributors from disciplines as varied as art history and anthropology, dance history and political science, philosophy and women’s studies chart the questions and challenges that mark this site. How does dance enact or rework social categories of identity? How do meanings change as dance styles cross borders of race, nationality, or class? How do we talk about materiality and motion, sensation and expressivity, kinesthetics and ideology? The authors engage these issues in a variety of contexts: from popular social dances to the experimentation of the avant-garde; from nineteenth-century ballet and contemporary Afro-Brazilian Carnival dance to hip hop, the dance hall, and film; from the nationalist politics of folk dances to the feminist philosophies of modern dance. Giving definition to a new field of study, Meaning in Motion broadens the scope of dance analysis and extends to cultural studies new ways of approaching matters of embodiment, identity, and representation.

Contributors. Ann Cooper Albright, Evan Alderson, Norman Bryson, Cynthia Cohen Bull, Ann Daly, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Susan Foster, Mark Franko, Marianne Goldberg, Amy Koritz, Susan Kozel, Susan Manning, Randy Martin, Angela McRobbie, Kate Ramsey, Anna Scott, Janet Wolff

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822319429
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/30/1997
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.16(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
I Dance and Cultural Studies,
1 Embodying Difference: Issues in Dance and Cultural Studies,
2 Cultural Studies and Dance History,
II Social Lives, Social Bodies,
3 Reinstating Corporeality: Feminism and Body Politics,
4 "The Story is Told as a History of the Body": Strategies of Mimesis in the Work of Irigaray and Bausch,
5 Classical Ballet: A Discourse of Difference,
6 Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act 2,
7 Dancing the Orient for England: Maud Allan's the Vision of Salome,
8 The Female Dancer and the Male Gaze: Feminist Critiques of Early Modern Dance,
9 Some Thoughts on Choreographing History,
10 Auto-Body Stories: Blondell Cummings and Autobiography in Dance,
11 Dance Narratives and Fantasies of Achievement,
III Expanding Agendas for Critical Thinking,
12 Dancing Bodies,
13 Spectacle and Dancing Bodies that Matter: or, If it Don't Fit, Don't Force it,
14 Sense, Meaning, and Perception in Three Dance Cultures,
15 Some Notes on Yvonne Rainer, Modernism, Politics, Emotion, Performance, and the Aftermath,
16 Homogenized Ballerinas,
17 Dance Ethnography and the Limits of Representation,
18 Vodou, Nationalism, and Performance: The Staging of Folklore in Mid-Twentieth-Century Haiti,
Notes on Contributors,
Permissions,
Index,

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