Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Queer Dance$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Clare Croft

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199377329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377329.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 02 July 2022

Dancing Marines and Pumping Gasoline

Dancing Marines and Pumping Gasoline

Coded Queerness in Depression-Era American Ballet

(p.125) 6 Dancing Marines and Pumping Gasoline
Queer Dance

Jennifer L. Campbell

Oxford University Press

This essay offers close readings of two of Depression-era ballets that arts impresario Lincoln Kirstein developed for his troupe The Ballet Caravan. Because of Kirstein’s integrated method of ballet creation, pairings of ballet components, specifically dance and visual art and dance and music, should be closely evaluated for their queer semiotic freight, and so the chapter examines Filling Station and Time Table, teasing out the queering of masculine codes that occurs within these pieces. Furthermore, it argues that in these works the interplay between working-class characters, cartoonish costumes, suggestive choreography, and campy burlesque music alludes to an underlying subtext that reflected aspects of homosexual behavior as practiced in New York during the first half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Lincoln Kirstein, Ballet Caravan, Depression-era ballet, Filling Station, Time Table, campy burlesque, masculine codes, suggestive choreography

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .