Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Jane Austen to the New Woman

Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Jane Austen to the New Woman

by Cheryl A. Wilson

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Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Jane Austen to the New Woman by Cheryl A. Wilson

Literary critics often pursue analyses of music or painting and literature as 'sister arts', yet this was the first full-length study of the treatment of social dance in literature. A vital part of social life and courtship with its own symbolism, dance in the nineteenth century was a natural point of interest for novelists writing about these topics; and indeed ballroom scenes could themselves be used to further courtship narratives or illustrate other significant encounters. Including analyses of works by Jane Austen, W. M. Thackeray, George Eliot and Anthony Trollope, as well as extensive material from nineteenth-century dance manuals, Cheryl A. Wilson shows how dance provided a vehicle through which writers could convey social commentary and cultural critique on issues such as gender, social mobility and nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107404373
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/10/2012
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture , #63
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 291,470
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Cheryl A. Wilson is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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