Literary Influences in Contemporary Dance. Performing Masculinity in "Paradise Lost".

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Literary Influences in Contemporary Dance. Performing Masculinity in "Paradise Lost".

Type: Master thesis
Title: Literary Influences in Contemporary Dance. Performing Masculinity in "Paradise Lost".
Author: Chmiel, Aleksandra
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Milton
dance
performance
gender
Abstract: Taking Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), Samir Calixto in his dance-theatre play of the same title offers a new interpretation of an old order. In his work, God is a vain tyrant, Satan a tragic hero, Adam a weak marionette, and Eve a brave leader who, with determination and hope, guides Adam out of the Paradise towards enlightenment and a new beautiful world. This thesis aims to examine the difference in portrayal of gender roles in the two works. The main research question seeks to explore performance of gender roles in the background of gender studies and literary criticism on Milton. The sub-questions investigate how literature influences dance and what is the relationship between the two art forms; how the physicality of dance and lack of dramatic text affect possible interpretations; and whether Eve can be seen as the embodiment of the masculine. The emergence of modern dance, particularly understood as a form not based on narrative, is described along with the notion of intermediality and postdramatic theatre. A conceptual base regarding gender theory and adaptation studies is set out with examples from Milton's poem before an in-depth analysis of Calixto's performance.
Supervisor: Newton, Michael
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Literary Studies (Master)
Specialisation: English Literature
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52583
 

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