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The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

Karin Schlapbach.

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Book. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 352 pages.

This book makes an original contribution to the newly thriving field of ancient Greek and Roman performance and dance studies. It offers a better grasp of ancient perceptions and...

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Art and Necessity

Paul A. Kottman.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 7102 words.

This chapter aims to rethink Lessing’s Laocoon by reassessing its fundamental aesthetic contribution. The essay proceeds in three parts. First, it argues that Lessing’s critical practice in null...

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Criticism as Poetry?

Élisabeth Décultot.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 5122 words.

If Laocoon constitutes an attempt to delineate the boundaries of poetry and painting, to what extent can these categories be applied to Lessing’s essay itself? Is Laocoon an exercise in...

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Dance and Interpretation in Longus and Apuleius

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 22276 words.

This chapter focuses on dance scenes from two ancient novels which are both informed by Platonism. It argues that dance, which is dynamic and involves human protagonists, raises with...

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Dance as Method and Experience: Emotional and Epistemic Aspects of Dance

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 19171 words.

This chapter elucidates philosophical and religious aspects of ancient dance discourse. It traces novel connections from the poetic and philosophical motif of the dance of the stars to...

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Elusive Dancers and the Limits of Art in Nonnus’ Dionysiaka

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 12803 words.

This chapter argues that the metamorphic dance scenes in Nonnus’ epic on Dionysus encapsulate the very nature of Nonnus’ poetry. It elucidates the metapoetic role of dance with a close...

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Envoi

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 2749 words.

In his epilogue to the volume, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht examines what it means to read Lessing’s text from a distance of 250 years. Tackling problems of hermeneutics, materiality, and the...

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Epilogue: Dance as Experience

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 2387 words.

The epilogue synthesizes the insights gained from the preceding chapters. The observation that non-representational dances trigger interpretations in the internal audiences highlights at...

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The Grammar of Dance: Plutarch’s Table Talk 9.15 in Context

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 21581 words.

This chapter addresses the relationship between dance and language. Starting with a brief discussion of choral song-dance, it moves on to Plutarch’s Table Talk, examining the place of dance...

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Image and Text in Lessing’s Laocoon

Jürgen Trabant.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 6976 words.

Jürgen Trabant argues that Lessing’s distinction between poetry and painting can stand for a wider controversy about the respective status (and developmental history) of words and images....

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Introduction

Avi Lifschitz and Michael Squire.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 20366 words.

The volume’s introduction sketches the scope of Lessing’s Laocoon and reassess its legacy on the occasion of its 250th anniversary. It outlines Lessing’s arguments about the ‘limits’ (Grenz...

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Introduction

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 8856 words.

The Introduction gives an overview of the elements and literary contexts of ancient dance discourse. It discusses in particular the modalities of ekphraseis of narrative and acrobatic...

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Laocoon among the Gods,

Michael Squire.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 19660 words.

Michael Squire explores how Greek and Roman materials can illuminate the thinking behind Lessing’s Laocoon. While Lessing’s project is structured around the interpretation of an ancient...

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Laocoon Today

David E. Wellbery.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 10922 words.

David Wellbery charts some of the many ways in which Lessing’s Laocoon has been ‘good to think with’ among the various artistic and literary theoreticians of the twentieth century. Wellbery...

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Lessing’s Laocoon and the ‘As-If’ of Aesthetic Experience

Jonas Grethlein.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 7792 words.

In this chapter Jonas Grethlein tackles the shared but distinct aesthetic mechanics of responding to narratives and pictures. After taking into account ‘deconstructionist’ readings of Laoco...

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Lessing’s Laocoon as Analytical Instrument

Luca Giuliani.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 7469 words.

Luca Giuliani evaluates Laocoon as an ‘analytical tool’ for twenty-first-century classical archaeology. In doing so, he returns to some of the same literary case studies that so engrossed...

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Mendelssohn’s Critique of Lessing’s Laocoon

Frederick Beiser.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 7655 words.

Frederick Beiser’s chapter demonstrates the palpable impact of Moses Mendelssohn on Lessing’s Laocoon. Mendelssohn composed his own treatise about the differences between the arts in 1757,...

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The Mimesis of Dance between Eloquence and Visual Art

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 20044 words.

This chapter shows that pantomime undermines the ostensible dichotomy of art and text by engaging in visual narration. It examines the perception of dance as a superior form of rhetoric,...

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Naturalizing the Arbitrary

Avi Lifschitz.

in Rethinking Lessing's Laocoon

September 2017; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Classical Literature. 9046 words.

Avi Lifschitz explores Lessing’s claim that the poet should try to ‘elevate’ arbitrary linguistic signs to the status of the natural signs of a vivid painting. He argues that Lessing drew...

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(Perceived) Authenticity and the Physical Presence of the Performer

Karin Schlapbach.

in The Anatomy of Dance Discourse

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE). 13707 words.

In this chapter, ‘authenticity’ refers to situations where the actions and emotions represented by a pantomime seemingly or truly merge with reality. The chapter examines the dance scene...

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