Moving Words: Re-writing Dance

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 343 pages
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Moving Words provides a direct line into the most pressing issues in contemporary dance scholarship, as well as insights into ways in which dance contributes to and creates culture. Instead of representing a single viewpoint, the essays in this volume reflect a range of perspectives and represent the debates swirling within dance.
The contributors confront basic questions of definition and interpretation within dance studies, while at the same time examining broader issues, such as the body, gender, class, race, nationalism and cross-cultural exchange. Specific essays address such topics as the black male body in dance, gender and subversions in the dances of Mark Morris, race and nationalism in Martha Graham's 'American Document', and the history of oriental dance.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
MusicalChoreographic Discourse Method Music Theory and Meaning
15
Visible Secrets Style Analysis and Dance Literacy
29
Five Theses on Laughter After All
43
Do You Want to Join the Dance? PostmodernismPoststructuralism the Body and Dance
63
ReMoving Boundaries From Dance History to Cultural Studies
88
Simmering Passivity The Black Male Body in Concert Dance
107
Being Danced Again Meredith Monk Reclaiming the Girlchild
121
American Document and American Minstrelsy
183
The Culture of NobilityThe Nobility of SelfCultivation
203
Jazz Modernism Constance Valis Hill
227
Observing the Evidence Fail Difference Arising from Objectification in CrossCultural Studies of Dance
245
CrossCultural Differences in the Interpretation of Merce Cunninghams Choreography
270
Dance Discourses Rethinking the History of the Oriental Dance
288
Balkan Tradition American Alternative Dance Community and the People of the Pines
306
High CriticsLow Arts
320

Styles of the Flesh Gender in the Dances of Mark Morris
141
Uncanny Women and Anxious Masters Reading Coppelia Against Freud
159

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About the author (1996)

Gay Morris is dance and art critic whose work has appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including Dance Chronicle, ArtNews and Art in America. She teaches dance history at Sonoma State University, California

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