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Martha Graham in Love and WarThe Life in the Work$
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Mark Franko

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199777662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777662.001.0001

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Jocasta at Colonus

Jocasta at Colonus

Post-Freudian Landscapes

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Martha Graham in Love and War
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Mark Franko

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777662.003.0004

This chapter is devoted to Graham’s Night Journey (1948) as a major postwar ballet. It discusses the ballet’s surrealistic qualities, the performance style of Graham, the relation of myth to ritual, the psychoanalytic theory motivating the work in Fromm and Rank, and the theme of incest. It provides an alternative to the hegemonic narrative of the Graham-Hawkins breakup in London.

Keywords:   Night Journey, surrealism, Erich Fromm, Otto Rank, incest

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