The Eloquent Body: Dance and Humanist Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy

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Indiana University Press, 12 нояб. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 264
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"This book adds an entirely new dimension to the consideration of Humanism and Italian culture. It will make a welcome addition to the field of cultural studies by broadening the subject to consider an important source of information that has been previously overlooked." -- Timothy McGee

The Eloquent Body offers a history and analysis of court dancing during the Renaissance, within the context of Italian Humanism. Each chapter addresses different philosophical, social, or intellectual aspects of dance during the 15th century. Some topics include issues of economic class, education, and power; relating dance treatises to the ideals of Humanism and the meaning of the arts; ideas of the body as they relate to elegance, nobility, and ethics; the intellectual history of dance based on contemporaneous readings of Pythagoras and Plato; and a comparison of geometric dance structures to geometric order in Humanist architecture.

 

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Introduction
1
1 Dance and Society
12
2 The Dance Treatises and Humanist Ideals
58
3 Eloquent MovementEloquent Prose
75
4 Dance and the Intellect
104
5 Order and Virtue
119
Conclusion
131
Appendix 1 Transcription and Translation
141
Appendix 2 The Use of Mensuration Signs
158
Appendix 3 Floor Track and Music
161
Notes
189
Bibliography
223
Index
241
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Jennifer Nevile has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of New South Wales. She has published many articles in early music, history, and dance journals, including Early Music and Renaissance Quarterly. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Music and Music Education at UNSW.

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