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By Molly Engelhardt

Dancing out of Line transports readers again to the 1840s while the fashion for social and level dancing compelled Victorians right into a advanced courting with the relocating physique in its so much voluble, unstable shape. Molly Engelhardt demanding situations our assumptions approximately Victorian sensibilities and attitudes towards the sexual/social roles of fellows and girls by way of bringing jointly old voices from
various fields to illustrate the flexibility of the dance, not just as a social perform but additionally as a discussion board for Victorians to have interaction in debate concerning the physique and its pleasures and pathologies.

Engelhardt makes specific a few of the ironies underlying Victorian practices that as much as this time have long past disregarded in severe circles by way of partnering cultural discourses with representations of the dance in novels akin to Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, and Daniel Deronda. She analyzes the function of the illustrious dance grasp, who created and disseminated the manners and strikes anticipated of stylish society, regardless of his starting place as a social outsider of nebulous origins. She describes how the daughters of the social elite have been anticipated to “come out” to society within the ballroom, the main powerful area within the cultural mind's eye for licentious habit and temptation. those incongruities fueled the debates and within the approach generated new, innovative rules in regards to the physique, subjectivity, sexuality, and health.

Dancing out of Line can be of curiosity to students within the fields of Victorian reviews, women’s historical past, the nineteenth-century novel, dance and theater reviews, and medication and literature.

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