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

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

by Jane C. Desmond
     
 


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 theSee more details below

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822319429
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
807,132
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.16(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IDance and Cultural Studies
1Embodying Difference: Issues in Dance and Cultural Studies29
2Cultural Studies and Dance History55
IISocial Lives, Social Bodies
3Reinstating Corporeality: Feminism and Body Politics81
4"The Story Is Told as a History of the Body": Strategies of Mimesis in the Work of Irigaray and Bausch101
5Classical Ballet: A Discourse of Difference111
6Ballet as Ideology: Giselle, Act 2121
7Dancing the Orient for England: Maud Allan's The Vision of Salome133
8The Female Dancer and the Male Gaze: Feminist Critiques of Early Modern Dance153
9Some Thoughts on Choreographing History167
10Auto-Body Stories: Blondell Cummings and Autobiography in Dance179
11Dance Narratives and Fantasies of Achievement207
IIIExpanding Agendas for Critical Thinking
12Dancing Bodies235
13Spectacle and Dancing Bodies That Matter: Or, If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It259
14Sense, Meaning, and Perception in Three Dance Cultures269
15Some Notes on Yvonne Rainer, Modernism, Politics, Emotion, Performance, and the Aftermath289
16Homogenized Ballerinas305
17Dance Ethnography and the Limits of Representation321
18Vodou, Nationalism, and Performance: The Staging of Folklore in Mid-Twentieth-Century Haiti345
Notes on Contributors379
Permissions383
Index385

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