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Engaging Bodies

The Politics and Poetics of Corporeality

By Ann Cooper Albright

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Format: Paperback, 408 pages
Published In: United States, 01 December 2013
For twenty-five years, Ann Cooper Albright has been exploring the intersection of cultural representation and somatic identity in dance. For Albright, dancing is a physical inquiry, a way of experiencing and participating in the world, and her writing reflects an interdisciplinary approach to seeing and thinking about dance. In her engagement as both a dancer and a scholar, Albright draws on her kinesthetic sensibilities as well as her intellectual knowledge to articulate how movement creates meaning. Throughout Engaging Bodies movement and ideas lean on one another to produce a critical theory anchored in the material reality of dancing bodies. This blend of cultural theory and personal circumstance will be useful and inspiring for emerging scholars and dancers looking for a model of writing about dance that thrives on the interconnectedness of watching and doing, gesture and thought.

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EAN: 9780819574114
ISBN: 0819574112
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.5 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

ANN COOPER ALBRIGHT is chair of the dance department at Oberlin College. She is the author of Choreographing Difference, Traces of Light, and Modern Gestures, and coeditor of Moving History/Dancing Cultures and Taken by Surprise.

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"Albright explores the intersection of cultural representation with somatic identity in the dance field, touching on some important issues in dance studies along the way: gender, race, disability, and more are examined through the lens of cultural theory, feminist theory, and personal experience." --Michele Trumble, Dance Chronicle

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