The Shock of the Risky(qué) Female: Femininity and the Trauma of the Great War Era in the Dancing of Maud Allan and Anna Pavlova

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    Abstract

    What role did the figure of the dancing female play in negotiating cultural anxieties in the Great War era? I explore this question by looking at the female performer Maud Allan who was famous for her danced interpretations of Salomé in pre-War London and cause of a sensational libel suit in 1918 bring together deviant female sexuality and wartime espionage. I juxtapose Allan with ballerina Anna Pavlova, a contemporary, and role model par excellence for proper femininity. These two examples offer a rich comparison from which to discuss how dancing and femininity was the grounds for inciting and palliating the profound cultural trauma of the Great War era.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA World of Muscle, Bone & Organs
    Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Scholarship in Dance
    EditorsSimon Ellis, Hetty Blades, Charlotte Waelde
    Place of PublicationCoventry University
    Publisher Published by C-DaRE at Coventry University
    Pages267-293
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Electronic)9781846000836
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

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