By Sally Banes
wide in its scope and compelling in its argument Dancing Women:
* offers a chain of re-readings of the canon, from Romantic and Russian Imperial ballet to modern ballet and glossy dance
* investigates the gaps among plot and function that create sexual and gendered meanings
* examines how women's business enterprise is created in dance via facets of choreographic constitution and style
* analyzes a number women's photos - together with brides, mistresses, moms, sisters, witches, wraiths, enchanted princesses, peasants, revolutionaries, cowgirls, scientists, and athletes - in addition to the construction of varied women's groups at the dance stage
* indicates methods to problems with gender in postmodern dance
utilizing an interpretive process diverse from that of alternative feminist dance historians, who've under pressure both victimization or party of girls, Banes reveals a way more complicated diversity of cultural representations of gender identities.
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