Modernism's Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance

Modernism's Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, Solo Performance

by Carrie J. Preston
     
 

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Modernism's Mythic Pose recovers the tradition of Delsartism, a popular international movement that promoted bodily and vocal solo performances, particularly for women. This strain of classical-antimodernism shaped dance, film, and poetics. Its central figure, the mythic pose, expressed both skepticism and nostalgia and functioned as an ambivalent break from

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Modernism's Mythic Pose recovers the tradition of Delsartism, a popular international movement that promoted bodily and vocal solo performances, particularly for women. This strain of classical-antimodernism shaped dance, film, and poetics. Its central figure, the mythic pose, expressed both skepticism and nostalgia and functioned as an ambivalent break from modernity.

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"Clearly written and carefully researched, this study systematically analyzes the semiotics of gesture. Recommended." —CHOICE

"In this carefully researched study, Carrie J. Preston uncovers the myriad influences of French movement visionary François Delsarte on modern dance, film, and literature, and reminds us of the importance of performance history for understanding modernism more generally." —Martin Puchner, author of The Drama of Ideas

"Lucidly written and solidly argued, Modernism's Mythic Pose excavates a fascinating classicist-antimodernist genealogy of modernism. Preston's impressive historical research interrupts the standard gendered dichotomy of antimodernism and avant-gardism and makes an important contribution to reconceiving transatlantic modernism." —Laura Winkiel, author of Modernism, Race, and Manifestos

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199766260
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2011
Series:
Modernist Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Carrie J. Preston has been an Assistant Professor of Womens Studies and English at Boston University.

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