The Plays of W. B. Yeats

Yeats and the Dancer

  • Sylvia C. Ellis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 357-372

About this book


This book investigates Yeats's experiments with the media of language and dance in his plays. He was allied to other artists of the 1890s in his fascination with the biblical dancer Salome and in his preoccupation with things Japanese, particularly 'Noh' Theatre with its central dance. The impact of Diaghliev's Ballets Russes also played its part in influencing Yeats's drama, and his interest in the 'dance-as-meaning' debate places him firmly not only in his time but also in our own.


ballet bibliography dance dialogue drama Japan Japanese knowledge language media performance play theatre time William Butler Yeats

Authors and affiliations

  • Sylvia C. Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WalesBangorUK

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