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Excavating Genres

Douglas Rosenberg

in Screendance

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772612
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772612.003.0006
Excavating Genres

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In this chapter, screendance is framed as a diasporic culture, one constantly migrating through host cultures and assuming various vernacular elements of those cultures while often struggling to maintain its own identity. This chapter proposes that screendance, as it passes through such host cultures, maintains the traces of each encounter in a kind of ghosting that ultimately alters the form and substance of screendance itself. It is a process of inscription that reflects the gestures of dancing bodies as well as the signifying characters of the site and other forces of production.

Keywords: diasporic culture; inscription; vernacular; identity; screendance

Chapter.  6714 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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