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When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders

Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay

Abstract

When Men Dance explores the intersection of dance and perceptions of male gender and sexuality across history and in different cultural contexts. In many societies, the public performance of dance is regarded as a feminine activity, so that men who dance often operate in a sea of stereotypes. This volume's scholarly essays tackle the history and dilemmas that revolve around dance and notions of masculinity from a variety of dance studies perspectives. Accompanying the essays is a group of engaging oral histories that complement their themes. The dancing male body emerges in its ma ... More

Keywords: dance, masculinity, gender, sexuality, performance, ballet, oral histories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195386691
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386691.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Fisher, editor
University of California, Irvine

Anthony Shay, editor
Pomona College

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Introduction

Jennifer Fisher, and Anthony Shay

Part I Issues in the Pink and Blue West

1 Maverick Men in Ballet

Jennifer Fisher

Part II Historical Perspectives

6 Pricked Dances

John Bryce Jordan

7 Gender Trumps Race?

Stephen Johnson

Part III Legacies of Colonialism

10 Native Motion and Imperial Emotion

Stavros Stavrou Karayanni

11 Ibrahim Farrah

Barbara Sellers-Young