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Martha Graham

Gender & the Haunting of a Dance Pioneer

In her heyday, Martha Graham’s name was internationally recognized within the modern dance world, and though trends in choreography continue to change, her status in dance still inspires regard. In this, the first extended feminist look at this modern dance pioneer, Victoria Thoms explores the cult of Graham and her dancing through a feminist lens that exposes the gendered meaning behind much of her work. Thoms synthesizes a diverse archive of material on Graham from films, photographs, memoir, and critique in order to uniquely highlight her contribution to the dance world and arts culture in general.

200 pages | 5 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2013

Women's Studies

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Table of Contents


List of Images

1  Martha Graham as Ghost

2  Graham and the Spectres of Feminism

3  Haunting Cultural Imperialism: Graham, London, and the Phantom of the Ballet

4  Graham’s Haunted Relationship with the Camera: Reality, Time, and Dancing

5  Ways of Speaking with the Dead: Graham and Queer Resurrection

6  Martha Graham in our Hands




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