Modern Dance: A Historical Consideration
This thesis presents a selection of my published works and an accompanying exposition to demonstrate my sustained, substantial, continuous and coherent research and how it has made an original contribution to the field of dance history. The nine selected published works—Volume 2—written over the course of three decades, consider modern dance between 1900 and 1945 and how its historical study illuminates this significant period. All these writings made contributions to dance history that were original in their time. My first publication helped to define the field of dance history. My most recent one has taken an innovative approach to modern dance, informed by my developed understanding of the idea of dance history. The exposition—volume 1— examines my ideas of dance history. It does so by placing my writings within the context of the development of dance history as a field, especially in the UK. It goes further by considering this development within the broader context of the development of history as a discipline, both philosophically and practically. This contextualisation is then used to reflect further on my writings and their original contributions to dance historiography. I conclude with a reconsideration of the idea of dance history.
HUXLEY, M. (1983) Early European modern dance. In: ADSHEAD, J. & LAYSON J. (eds.) Dance history: A methodology for study. London: Dance Books pp. 147-161. HUXLEY, M. (1988) A history of a dance: An analysis of Dark Elegies from written criticism. In: ADSHEAD, J. (ed.) Dance analysis: Theory and practice. London: Dance Books. pp. 141-160, 196-198. HUXLEY, M. (1994) European early modern dance. In: ADSHEAD-LANSDALE, J. & LAYSON, J. (eds.) Dance history: An introduction. London: Dance Books. pp. 151-168. HUXLEY, M. & PATTERSON, M. (1998) German drama, theatre and dance. In: KOLINSKY, E. & VAN DER WILL, W. (eds.) Cambridge companion to modern German culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 213-232. HUXLEY, M. (2010) Movement concerns the whole man. In: PRESTON-DUNLOP, V. & SAYERS, L.-A. (eds.) The dynamic body in space: Exploring and developing Rudolf Laban's ideas for the 21st Century. Alton: Dance Books. pp. 95-103. HUXLEY, M. (2012 a) ‘It’s a different way of thinking about history, isn’t it?’ Student perspectives on learning dance history. Research in Dance Education, Vol 13, No 3, pp. 279-300. HUXLEY, M. (2012 b) Kurt Jooss in exile in England. Discourses in Dance, Vol 5, No 1, pp. 39-58. HUXLEY, M. (2012 c) F. Matthias Alexander and Mabel Elsworth Todd: Proximities, practices and the psycho-physical. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Vol 3, No 1/2, pp. 25-42. HUXLEY, M. (2015) The dancer's world 1920-1945: Modern dancers and their practices reconsidered. Pivot; Basingstoke: Palgrave.
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