By Molly Engelhardt

ISBN-10: 0821418882

ISBN-13: 9780821418888

Dancing out of Line transports readers again to the 1840s whilst the fashion for social and level dancing compelled Victorians right into a complicated courting with the relocating physique in its such a lot voluble, risky shape. Molly Engelhardt demanding situations our assumptions approximately Victorian sensibilities and attitudes towards the sexual/social roles of guys and ladies by way of bringing jointly historic voices from

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

Engelhardt makes specific a few of the ironies underlying Victorian practices that as much as this time have long past neglected in serious circles through partnering cultural discourses with representations of the dance in novels corresponding 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 trendy society, regardless of his starting place 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 could be of curiosity to students within the fields of Victorian stories, women’s historical past, the nineteenth-century novel, dance and theater stories, and drugs and literature.

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