© 2009

Dance, Space and Subjectivity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Valerie A. Briginshaw
      Pages 1-23
  3. Constructions of Space and Subjectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Valerie A. Briginshaw
      Pages 43-58
  4. Dancing in the ‘In-Between Spaces’

  5. Inside/Outside Bodies and Spaces

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-234

About this book


This book contains readings of American, British and European postmodern dances informed by feminist, postcolonialist, queer and poststructuralist theories. It explores the roles dance and space play in constructing subjectivity. By focusing on site-specific dance, the mutual construction of bodies and spaces, body-space interfaces and 'in-between spaces', the dances and dance films are read 'against the grain' to reveal their potential for troubling conventional notions of subjectivity associated with a white, Western, heterosexual able-bodied, male norm.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChichesterUK

About the authors

VALERIE A. BRIGINSHAW, formerly Professor of Dance Studies at the University of Chichester, UK, includes among her publications co-authorship of Dance Analysis (1987) and Writing Dancing Together (2009).

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'Dance, Space and Subjectivity is...a very welcome publication in that Valerie Briginshaw here has the scope to investigate her complex themes through ten chpaters on interconnected issues...An impressive variety of themes and issues is explored...Briginshaw's writing style is clear and will be accessible to students as well as researchers in a variety of disciplines...The book brings dance into the arena of so many current, fascinating debates that it offers a very useful point of reference and contribution to the field.' - Anna Pakes, Dance Theatre Journal

'...presents a fast introduction to a whole range of current theoretical approaches to space, subjectivity and the representation of bodies, and shows how these theories enable explorations of the construction of subjectivity...' - Maaike Bleeker, University of Amsterdam and School for New Dance Development, The Netherlands; Research in Dance Education