The Male Dancer: Bodies, Spectacle, Sexualities / Edition 2

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In this challenging and lively book, Burt examines the representation of masculinity in twentieth century dance. The Male Dancer has proven to be essential reading for anyone interested in dance and the cultural construction of gender.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Those interested in the history and sexual politics of dance will find that this fascinating book, with its detailed index and illustrations, dialogues well with Peter Stoneley's A Queer History of the Ballet and Stavros Stavrou Karayanni's Dancing Fear and Desire.'CHOICE

'The Male Dancer makes a very considerable contribution to performance history in a gendered context ... [and offers] fascinating insights.'– M/C Reviews

'Essential reading for the developing fields of dance studies and gender studies... Burt's 2007 revised edition represents a promising development from his original work... The Male Dancer still offers one of the most comprehensive studies of the masculinity of auteur dancers of the twentieth century... Burt's classic and now rejuvenated The Male Dancer still represents a valuable contribution to gender and sexuality studies and does not fail to inspire the continued scholarly attention that gender and sexuality still demand.' - Platform

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415975766
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/21/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,243,044
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramsay Burt is Professor of Dance History at De Montfort University, Leicester in the United Kingdom. His publications include The Male Dancer. This was followed by Alien Bodies and Judson Dance Theater. In 1999 he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. With Prof. Susan Foster, he is founder editor of Discourses in Dance.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Introduction 1
1 The Trouble With the Male Dancer... 10
2 Dance, Masculinity and Representations 31
3 Looking at the Male 49
4 Nijinsky: Modernism and Heterodox Representations of Masculinity 74
5 Men, Modernism and Modern American Dance 101
Ted Shawn, American-ness and natural masculinity 106
Martha Graham and Shawn's legacy 110
Dance, modernism and the Other 118
Limon, modernism and ethnicity 121
Alvin Ailey and black masculinity 127
6 Avant-Garde Strategies 135
Merce Cunningham 138
Steve Paxton 148
7 Post Men 159
Notes 200
Bibliography 208
Index 218
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