Literature, Modernism, and Dance

Author: Susan Jones

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199565325

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 346

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The book identifies a complex reciprocal relationship between literature and dance in the modernist period. An unprecedented dialogue between the two art forms took place based on contemporary discussions of the body and gender, language, formal experimentation, primitivism, anthropology, and modern technologies such as photography, film, and mechanisation. By examining the work of writers such as Yeats, Woolf, Eliot, Pound, Lawrence, and Beckett in relation tothe choreography of the Ballets Russes, early British ballet, and European and American modern dance, the book traces the origins of this relationship in the nineteenth century and examines experimentation in both art forms up to the first half of the twentieth century. The book illustrates theimportant but often neglected transmissions and negotiations between these art forms at a time of intense experimentation and transatlantic exchange.

The Trash Phenomenon

Contemporary Literature, Popular Culture, and the Making of the American Century

Author: Stacey Michele Olster

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820324845

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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The Trash Phenomenon looks at how writers of the late twentieth century not only have integrated the events, artifacts, and theories of popular culture into their works but also have used those works as windows into popular culture's role in the process of nation building. Taking her cue from Donald Barthelme's 1967 portrayal of popular culture as "trash" and Don DeLillo's 1997 description of it as a subversive "people's history," Stacey Olster explores how literature recycles American popular culture so as to change the nationalistic imperative behind its inception. The Trash Phenomenon begins with a look at the mass media's role in the United States' emergence as the twentieth century's dominant power. Olster discusses the works of three authors who collectively span the century bounded by the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Persian Gulf War (1991): Gore Vidal's American Chronicle series, John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy, and Larry Beinhart's American Hero. Olster then turns her attention to three non-American writers whose works explore the imperial sway of American popular culture on their nation's value systems: hierarchical class structure in Dennis Potter's England, Peronism in Manuel Puig's Argentina, and Nihonjinron consensus in Haruki Murakami's Japan. Finally, Olster returns to American literature to look at the contemporary media spectacle and the representative figure as potential sources of national consolidation after November 1963. Olster first focuses on autobiographical, historical, and fictional accounts of three spectacles in which the formulae of popular culture are shown to bypass differences of class, gender, and race: the John F. Kennedy assassination, the Scarsdale Diet Doctor murder, and the O. J. Simpson trial. She concludes with some thoughts about the nature of American consolidation after 9/11.

Occupy Pynchon

Politics After Gravity's Rainbow

Author: Sean Carswell

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820350885

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- CHAPTER 1. Pynchon in Zuccotti Park: An Introduction -- CHAPTER 2. Vineland and the Insomniac Unavenged -- CHAPTER 3. Mason & Dixon and the Ghastly Fop -- CHAPTER 4. Against the Day and a World Like Ours, with One or Two Adjustments -- CHAPTER 5. Inherent Vice and Being in Place -- CHAPTER 6. Bleeding Edge and Getting Constructively Lost -- CHAPTER 7. A Snappy 'Ukulele Accompaniment -- CHAPTER 8. Occupy the Novel: A Conclusion -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z

Poetics of Dance

Body, Image, and Space in the Historical Avant-Gardes

Author: Gabriele Brandstetter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190266864

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

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When it was first published in Germany in 1995, Poetics of Dance was already seen as a path-breaking publication, the first to explore the relationships between the birth of modern dance, new developments in the visual arts, and the renewal of literature and drama in the form of avant-garde theatrical and movement productions of the early twentieth-century. Author Gabriele Brandstetter established in this book not only a relation between dance and critical theory, but in fact a full interdisciplinary methodology that quickly found foothold with other areas of research within dance studies. The book looks at dance at the beginnings of the 20th century, the time during which modern dance first began to make its radical departure from the aesthetics of classical ballet. Brandstetter traces modern dance's connection to new innovations and trends in visual and literary arts to argue that modern dance is in fact the preeminent symbol of modernity. As Brandstetter demonstrates, the aesthetic renewal of dance vocabulary which was pursued by modern dancers on both sides of the Atlantic - Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller, Valeska Gert and Oskar Schlemmer, Vaslav Nijinsky and Michel Fokine - unfurled itself in new ideas about gender and subjectivity in the arts more generally, thus reflecting the modern experience of life and the self-understanding of the individual as an individual. As a whole, the book makes an important contribution to the theory of modernity.

Identity, Performance and Technology

Practices of Empowerment, Embodiment and Technicity

Author: S. Broadhurst,J. Machon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284447

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

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This project investigates the implications of technology on identity in embodied performance, opening up a forum of debate exploring the interrelationship of and between identities in performance practices and considering how identity is formed, de-formed, blurred and celebrated within diverse approaches to technological performance practice.

Dance Movement Therapy

Theory, Research and Practice

Author: Helen Payne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135169039

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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What can dance movement contribute to psychotherapy? This thoroughly updated edition of Dance Movement Therapy echoes the increased world-wide interest in dance movement therapy and makes a strong contribution to the emerging awareness of the nature of embodiment in psychotherapy. Recent research is incorporated, along with developments in theory and practice, to provide a comprehensive overview of this fast-growing field. Helen Payne brings together contributions from experts in the field to offer the reader a valuable insight into the theory and practice of Dance Movement Therapy. The contributions reflect the breadth of developing approaches, covering subjects including: dance movement therapy with people with dementia group work with people with enduring mental health difficulties transcultural competence in dance movement therapy freudian thought applied to authentic movement embodiment in dance movement therapy training and practice personal development through dance movement therapy. Dance Movement Therapy will be a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about the therapeutic use of creative movement and dance. It will be welcomed by students and practitioners in the arts therapies, psychotherapy, counselling and other health and social care professions.

Diaspora and Transnationalism

Concepts, Theories and Methods

Author: Rainer Bauböck,Thomas Faist

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089642382

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Diaspora & transnationalism are widely used concepts in academic & political discourses. Although originally referring to quite different phenomena, they increasingly overlap today. Such inflation of meanings goes hand in hand with a danger of essentialising collective identities. This book analyses this topic.

Indian Modern Dance, Feminism and Transnationalism

Author: Prarthana Purkayastha

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137375175

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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This book examines modern dance as a form of embodied resistance to political and cultural nationalism in India through the works of five selected modern dance makers: Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Shankar, Shanti Bardhan, Manjusri Chaki Sircar and Ranjabati Sircar.

Dandies

Fashion and Finesse in Art and Culture

Author: Susan Fillin-Yeh

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814771262

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Dandies: Fashion and Finesse in Art and Culture considers the visual languages, politics, and poetics of personal appearance. Dandyism has been most closely associated with influential caucasian Western men-about-town, epitomized by the 19th century style-setting of Oscar Wilde and by Tom Wolfe's white suits. The essays collected here, however, examine the spectacle and workings of dandyism to reveal that these were not the only dandies. On the contrary, art historians, literary and cultural historians, and anthropologists identify unrecognized dandies flourishing among early 19th century Native Americans, in Soviet Latvia, in Africa, throughout the African-American diaspora, among women, and in the art world. Moving beyond historical and fictional accounts of dandies, this volume juxtaposes theoretical models with evocative images and descriptions of clothing in order to link sartorial self-construction with artistic, social, and political self-invention. Taking into consideration the vast changes in thinking about identity in the academy, Dandies provides a compelling study of dandyism's destabilizing aesthetic enterprise. Contributors: Jennifer Blessing, Susan Fillin-Yeh, Rhonda Garelick, Joe Lucchesi, Kim Miller, Robert E. Moore, Richard J. Powell, Carter Ratcliffe, and Mark Allen Svede.

The Dance

A Handbook for the Appreciation of the Choreographic Experience

Author: Joan Cass

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: 9780786401475

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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In dance, the choreographer creates, the dancer performs, and the viewer observes. This work is a handbook for the viewer. By presenting historical and artistic perspectives of dance, dance events are made more approachable and appreciation for the art form is heightened. The choreographic components of body language, content, structure, music, design, and interpretation are included. Also discussed is the development of critical reaction over time. Examples are drawn from Western theatrical dance and worldwide cultural variations. Terms are explained throughout the text, and an extensive bibliography gives sources in print and on tape for further study. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Dance on Its Own Terms

Histories and Methodologies

Author: Melanie Bales,Karen Eliot

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199940002

Category: Music

Page: 448

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Dance on its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies anthologizes a wide range of subjects examined from dance-centered methodologies: modes of research that are emergent, based in relevant systems of movement analysis, use primary sources, and rely on critical, informed observation of movement. The anthology fills a gap in current scholarship by emphasizing dance history and core disciplinary knowledge rather than theories imported from disciplines outside dance. Individual chapters serve as case studies that are further organized into three categories of significant dance activity: performance and reconstruction, pedagogy and choreographic process, and notational and other written forms that analyze and document dance. The breadth of the content reflects the richness and vibrancy of the dance field; each deeply informed examination serves as a window opening onto the larger world of dance. Conceptually, each chapter also raises concerns and questions that point to broadly inclusive methodological applications. Engaging and insightful, Dance on its Own Terms represents a major contribution to research on dance.

Satyric and Heroic Mimes

Attitude as the Way of the Mime in Ritual and Beyond

Author: Kathryn Wylie

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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The origin and essence of the Western mime are examined in the first part of the book. Traceable to the masked roleplaying of Greek theater, many of the sacred functions of mime in early rituals were carried into later secular performances. The second part looks at pantomime, from the shamans to modern theatrical performers such as Deburau and Marceau.

Soul and Spirit in Dance Movement Psychotherapy

A Transpersonal Approach

Author: Jill Hayes

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857006495

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

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Using a contemporary synthesis of Jungian and Post-Jungian imaginal perspectives, animate ecological phenomenology, somatics and recent scholarship in dance movement and progressive spiritualities, this unique book discusses how the promotion of a fluid relationship between imagination and movement can bring the mover back into relationship with soul and spirit. This connection with soul and spirit is considered as an essential and powerful resource in mental health. The book provides a rich digest of theory and produces a clear framework for the application of transpersonal theories to Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) practice, writing and research, illustrating the use and value of transpersonal perspectives through detailed case studies. Providing spiritual, soulful and mythological perspectives on DMP rooted in theory and practice, this book will be essential reading for dance movement psychotherapists, drama psychotherapists, expressive arts therapists, and dance movement psychotherapy students, drama psychotherapy students and arts therapy students.

A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism

Author: Ato Quayson,Girish Daswani

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118320646

Category: Social Science

Page: 600

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A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism offers aground-breaking combined discussion of the concepts of diaspora andtransnationalism. Newly commissioned essays by leading scholarsprovide interdisciplinary perspectives that link together theconcepts in new and important ways. A wide-ranging collection which reviews the most significantdevelopments and provides valuable insights into current keydebates in transnational and diaspora studies Contains newly commissioned essays by leading scholars, whichwill both influence the field, and stimulate further insight anddiscussion in the future Provides interdisciplinary perspectives on diaspora andtransnationalism which link the two concepts in new and importantways Combines theoretical discussion with specific examples and casestudies

Dance, Consumerism, and Spirituality

Author: C. Walter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137460334

Category: Social Science

Page: 189

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Dance has proliferated in movies, television, Internet, and retail spaces while the spiritual power of dance has also been linked with mass consumption. Walter marries the cultural studies of dance and the religious aspects of dance in an exploration of consumption rituals, including rituals of being persuaded to buy products that include dance.

Ballet Across Borders

Career and Culture in the World of Dancers

Author: Helena Wulff

Publisher: Berg Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781859739938

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 185

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This absorbing book is ballet's 'biography' -- a revealing examination of a closed world, its competition and camaraderie, sexual politics, intimacies, pressures and, not least of all, its magic. Ballet companies have endeavoured to hide what is going on backstage lest the reality of highly strung nerves, constant fatigue and pain from injuries tarnish the illusion of ethereal figures and seemingly weightless steps in polished performances. But the audience's perceptions of fairy-tale worlds onstage are far removed from the experiences of the dancers themselves. The author, who trained to be a dancer, has been given an entrée to this private world that few outsiders ever see. Books on ballet tend to focus on performance. In contrast, this book, which draws on extensive fieldwork with major companies such as London's Royal Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre in New York, the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Ballett Frankfurt, is about dancers - how their careers are made and unmade and what happens in dance companies offstage. Anyone interested in the culture of ballet or the theatre, as well as students of anthropology, dance, performance and cultural studies, will want to read what really goes on when the curtain comes down.