Anthropology | Dance Gender and Embodied Discourses
E660 | 27506 | Royce


Dance does not exist except as it is realized in the human body.
Through its performance and its ability to elicit a kinesthetic
response in performer and viewer alike, dance becomes elemental and
gendered.  Classical performance traditions, popular forms, and
communally-embedded dance all address gender and the potential for
embodied meanings.  Embodied forms of discourse speak through a
variety of voices and channels creating meanings that may be ambiguous
and contradictory.  We will examine form and meaning as we explore the
danced body and its dialogic potential across Eastern and Western
traditions both classical and popular.  Seminar participants may
choose any genre or tradition of dance or dance-theatre for their
research.

Readings for the course will include

Judith Halberstam . 2005. In a Queer Place and Time.
Jennifer Nevile. 2004. The Eloquent Body: Dance and Humanist Culture
in Fifteenth Century Italy
M. Lambek and A. Strathern, eds. 1998.  Bodies and Persons:
Comparative Perspectives from Africa and Melanesia.
Julie Taylor. 1996.  Paper Tangos
Paul Stoller. 1997.  Sensuous Scholarship and selections from
Anzaldua, Bauman, Bourdieu, Goodman, Lock & Scheper-Hughes, Mauss,and
Royce.