Politics Under Erasure

Mark Franko

in Martha Graham in Love and War

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777662
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950119 | DOI:
                   Politics Under Erasure

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This chapter analyzes Graham’s Appalachian Spring (1944) as a work that encrypts its popular front critique of American history through revisions of the scenarios Graham wrote for Aaron Copland and changes in the choreography. The subtext of slavery and John Brown is discussed, the idea of character compression in Graham’s dramaturgy, and her distrust of narrative.

Keywords: encryption; John Brown; character compression; dramaturgy; Appalachian Spring; Aaron Copland

Chapter.  9047 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance ; American Music

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