The Eloquent Body: Dance and Humanist Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy
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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 McGeeThe Eloquent Body offers a history and analysis of court dancing during the Renaissance, within the context of Italian Humanism. "This book adds an entirely new dimension to the consideration of Humanism and Italian culture. 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.
She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Music and Music Education at UNSW.. 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
Treating dance as an extension of music, which was part of the traditional quadrivium, these men elevated dance both as a means of moral education and as an articulation of the geometrical rules by which the universe was ordered. McGee, Trent University"This is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of theatrical dance." Early Music" Neville highlights dance's important role in fifteenth-century Italian society, focusing on how it embodied humanist concerns." Sue In Kim, DANCE CHRONICLE, Vol.32.2 2009"Musicologist Nevil