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Overview

Of the Presence of the Body gathers nine original essays by eminent scholars in the fields of dance and performance studies. Its focus is the historical, cultural and political contexts that inform choreographic and dance practices and critical readings of dance—in other words, how dance operates as critical discourse. The question that runs throughout the essays is the theoretical and political problem of “how dances come to be seen,” how the presence of the body leaves its mark on critical theories and performances.

Focusing exclusively on 20th century dance, the interdisciplinary perspectives range from history to race studies, deconstruction, Marxist theory, feminist theory, literary studies and feminist ethnography. The anthology provides an overview of the current methodologies and theoretical developments in the field of dance studies. These essays expand our understanding of the performing body, and their organization around the epistemological problem in dance studies—the dynamics of seeing, remembering and writing—will make the collection useful for classes in dance criticism and theory, cultural theory, performance studies, and aesthetics.

CONTRIBUTORS: Barbara Browning, Ramsey Burt, Thomas De Frantz, Mark Franko, André Lepecki, Karmen MacKendrick, Susan Manning, Randy Martin, Peggy Phelan.

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"Of the Presence of the Body offers contributions to the fields of dance and performance studies that range from truly extraordinary and intellectually powerful to merely effective and articulate. Seldom are so many strong voices gathered in one place."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819566126
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,122,813
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ANDRÉ LEPECKI is Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University.

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Table of Contents

GENEALOGIES OF PRESENCE
Trisha Brown’s Orfeo: Two Takes on Double Endings – Peggy Phelan
Genealogy and Dance History: Foucault, Rainer, Bausch, and de Deersmaeker – Ramsay Burt

DANCING OTHERING
Dance and Its Others: Theory, State, Nation, and Socialism – Randy Martin
The Black Beat Made Visible: Hip Hop Dance and Body Power – Thomas F. DeFrantz
Danced Spirituals – Susan Manning
Breast Milk Is Sweet and Salty (A Choreography of Healing) – Barbara Browning

ONTOLOGY’S EVENTS
Given Movement: Dance and the Event – Mark Franko
Inscribing Dance – André Lepecki
Embodying Transgression – Karmen Mackendrick

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