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Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America

Rebekah J. Kowal


This book examines international dance performances in New York City in the 1940s as sites in which dance artists and audiences contested what it meant to practice globalism in mid-twentieth-century America. Debates over globalism in dance proxied larger cultural struggles over how to reconcile the nation’s new role as a global superpower. In dance as in cultural politics, Americans labored over how to realize diversity while honoring difference and manage dueling impulses toward globalism, on the one hand, and isolationism, on the other.

Keywords: dance, globalism, internationalism, modernism, ethnic, ethnologic, New York City, 1940s, mid-century, mid-twentieth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190265311
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190265311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebekah J. Kowal, author
Associate Professor of Dance, University of Iowa

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