Dancing from Past to Present: Nation, Culture, Identities

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Dancing from Past to Present
Nation, Culture, Identities
Edited by Theresa Jill Buckland
Studies in Dance History, A Series of the Society of Dance History Scholars

"A wonderful collage of enquiries and a remarkable view into the discourses of dance history and dance ethnography."–Mohd Anis Md Nor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

This groundbreaking collection combines ethnographic and historic strategies to reveal how dance plays crucial cultural roles in various regions of the world, including Tonga, Java, Bosnia-Herzegovina, New Mexico, India, Korea, Macedonia, and England. The essays find a balance between past and present and examine how dance and bodily practices are core identity and cultural creators. Reaching beyond the typically Eurocentric view of dance, Dancing from Past to Present opens a world of debate over the role dance plays in forming and expressing cultural identities around the world.

"Dancing from Past to Present stands alone as an entry to dance and ethnographic studies. An exemplary offering of interdisciplinary scholarship that deserves attention from historians and practitioners." –Thomas DeFrantz, editor of Dancing Many Drums

Contributors: Theresa Jill Buckland, Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Felicia Hughes-Freeland, Lynn D. Maners, Deidre Sklar, Janet O'Shea, Judy Van Zile, and Elsie Ivancich Dunin.

Theresa Jill Buckland is Research Professor of Performing Arts at De Montfort University, Leicester, England. She is editor of Dance in the Field: Theory, Methods and Issues in Dance Ethnography, coeditor of Aspects of British Calendar Customs, and she has contributed chapters on dance and oral history to Dance History: An Introduction.

"An inspiring collection of case studies in a series of impressive, long-term ethnographic inquiries. Dancing from Past to Present brings historiography of dance into colourful and exciting new landscapes, adding new territories to our knowledge."—Professor Egil Bakka, Program for dance studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim<

Title: Dancing from Past to Present
Nation, Culture, Identities
Editor: Theresa Jill Buckland
Pub Date: December 2006
320 pp. 6 x 9, 32 b/w photos, 6 maps, 2 drawings
ISBN 978-0-299-21850-8 (cloth) $55.00
ISBN 978-0-299-21854-6 (paper) $24.95

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