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Susan Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565320

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565320.001.0001

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A Poetics of Potentiality

A Poetics of Potentiality

Mallarmé, Fuller, Yeats, and Graham

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(p.13) 1 A Poetics of Potentiality
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Literature, Modernism, and Dance
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Susan Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565320.003.0002

The opening chapter explores a modernist engagement between literature and dance as it emerged through the writing and experimental typography of Stéphane Mallarmé, who, inspired by the innovative performances of Loïe Fuller and other dancers in Paris at the fin de siècle, provided a conceptual framework for this relationship. Mallarmé's primarily symbolist poetics, identifying the ‘écriture corporelle’ of the dancing body, also questioned the creative relationship of artist to the production of art, and focused on an economy of form that drew on Fuller's use of experimental choreography, stage technologies, and design. The Mallarméan dialogue of dance and symbolist literature was sustained in the twentieth century by writers including Paul Valéry, Arthur Symons, Guillaume Apollinaire, and W. B. Yeats, by choreographers such as Vaslav Nijinsky, and, through a number of transatlantic transmissions, by the choreography of Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham.

Keywords:   symbolism, poetics, experimental typology, modern dance, impersonality, stage technologies

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