Dancing out of Line: Ballrooms, Ballets, and Mobility in by Molly Engelhardt

By Molly Engelhardt

Dancing out of Line transports readers again to the 1840s while the fad for social and degree dancing pressured Victorians right into a advanced dating with the relocating physique in its such a lot voluble, unstable shape. Molly Engelhardt demanding situations our assumptions approximately Victorian sensibilities and attitudes towards the sexual/social roles of guys and girls via bringing jointly old voices from

various fields to illustrate the flexibility of the dance, not just as a social perform but additionally as a discussion board for Victorians to have interaction in debate in regards to the physique and its pleasures and pathologies.

Engelhardt makes particular the various ironies underlying Victorian practices that as much as this time have long gone neglected in serious circles via partnering cultural discourses with representations of the dance in novels equivalent to Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, and Daniel Deronda. She analyzes the position of the illustrious dance grasp, who created and disseminated the manners and strikes anticipated of stylish society, regardless of his beginning as a social outsider of nebulous origins. She describes how the daughters of the social elite have been anticipated to “come out” to society within the ballroom, the main powerful house within the cultural mind's eye for licentious habit and temptation. those incongruities fueled the debates and within the strategy generated new, innovative rules in regards to the physique, subjectivity, sexuality, and health.

Dancing out of Line can be of curiosity to students within the fields of Victorian stories, women’s background, the nineteenth-century novel, dance and theater experiences, and medication and literature.

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