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Three Imagined Dances: the somatics of early modern textual mediation

Drury, Lindsey Three Imagined Dances: the somatics of early modern textual mediation. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent, Freie Universität Berlin. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:77089)

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This thesis addresses how historical narratives, ideas, and practices of dance are carried in the transference between books and bodies. To do its work, this thesis investigates the presence of dance in early modern book culture, seeking how such texts are not only representative of but also laden with the problems of body, sensory experience, and practice. Thus, this is a thesis that considers the infiltration and implication of bodies in early modern book culture; in it I reconsider what the body-based art of dance was doing on the early modern page.

The methods I employ in the thesis draw from the tradition of the microhistory and the capacity of microhistorical approaches to make use of the subtleties and difficulties in sources. Over the course of three chapters, the thesis considers three cases of writing on the dancing body interwoven as if by happenstance through their various associations with one particular Parisian family in the 16th century, their book publishing house on the Rue St Jacques, and their network of associated colleagues. Finally, each chapter approaches the relations between embodiment, dance, and book culture by considering how ideas on embodiment expressed through the description of dance in the book interacted with the bodily perspectives that arise from book culture: the readerly body, the protagonist's body, and the authorial body.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Vass-Rhee, Freya
Thesis advisor: Jarzebowski, Claudia
Uncontrolled keywords: dance, early modern studies, print culture, media studies, theories of embodiment, history of physical practice, history of somatics
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D203 Modern History, 1453-
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 08:10 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:08 UTC
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