Laban for All

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Taylor & Francis US, 2004 - Performing Arts - 255 pages
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In Joseph Conrad's tales, representations of women and of "feminine" generic forms like the romance are often present in fugitive ways. Conrad's use of allegorical feminine imagery, fleet or deferred introductions of female characters, and hybrid generic structures that combine features of "masculine" tales of adventure and intrigue and "feminine" dramas of love or domesticity are among the subjects of this literary study. Many of Conrad's critics have argued that Conrad's fictions are aesthetically flawed by the inclusion of women and love plots; thus Thomas Moser has questioned why Conrad did not "cut them out altogether." Yet a thematics of gender suffuses Conrad's narrative strategies. Even in tales that contain no significant female characters or obvious love plots, Conrad introduces elusive feminine presences, in relationships between men, as well as in men's relationships to their ship, the sea, a shore breeze, or even in the gendered embrace of death. This book investigates an identifiably feminine "point of view" which is present in fugitive ways throughout Conrad's canon. Conrad's narrative strategies are articulated through a language of sexual difference that provides the vocabulary and grammar for tales examining European class, racial, and gender paradigms to provide acute and, at times, equivocal investigations of femininity and difference.

 

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Contents

Foreword
10
Some Useful Terms and Expressions
17
Why Plato?
23
THE TETRAHEDRON
39
THE DODECAHEDRON AND ICOSAHEDRON
47
Levels and Zones
56
The Movement Scales
62
The A Scale for the Right Side
82
WEIGHT
119
FLOW
127
The Movement in Sound and Voice
168
Incomplete Efforts
185
The Four Drives
196
THE MEANING OF MUSIC
202
For Those Who Act
209
For Those Who Dance
226

The Flowing Version for the Right Side
88
Space Time Weight and Flow
112
For Those Who Teach
249
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Jean Newlove was Laban's assistant after he went to England as a refugee in 1938. She has taught Laban's ideas at the Royal Shakespeare Company and throughout the world. Her Laban for Actors and Dancers is also published by Routledge. Actor, voice teacher, and musician, John Dalby also assisted in some of Laban's coureses and has taught around the world.

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