Whether in the pages of a trashy novel, in the glow of gaslights, in a dance hall, or on the walls of art galleries, the figure of the female dancer haunts nineteenth-century French culture. Artists and writers of all kinds took on la danseuse as an emblem of their own artistic prowess. They represented her alternately as an elusive ideal, a saucy prostitute, or a dangerous seductress. Dancers, in turn, produced their own images, novels and autobiographies, thereby contributing to an ongoing cultural debate around performance, spectatorship, desire, and art. In this interdisciplinary study of la danseuse, Julie Townsend examines the rise and fall of classical ballet, the phenomenon of the music hall, and the birth of modern dance. She highlights moments of representational crisis and emergent aesthetics in her consideration of poetry, novels, painting, early film, and women's autobiography.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Legenda Research Monographs in French Studies Series , #28|
|Product dimensions:||6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Julie Townsend is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities in the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands.
Table of Contents
A Note on Translations x
1 Choreographing the Coulisses: The Danseuse in Nineteenth-Century French Culture 10
2 Disembodying the Dancer/Incorporating the Poem: The Symbolist Dance in Mallarmé and Valéry 44
3 'Feministic' Aesthetics: Writing Dance and Performing Sex in Colette and Loïe Fuller 68
4 The Mechanical Dancer: Avant-Garde Performance and Film 92
5 'Le Triangle Obligatoire': Dancer, Spectator, Narrator 114