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  • Introduction: Social Choreography and the Aesthetic Continuum 1

    1. The Body of Marsyas: Aesthetic Socialism and the Physiology of the Sublime 37

    2. Stumbling and Legibility: Gesture and the Dialectic of Tact 78

    3. "America Makes Me Sick!": Nationalism, Race, Gender, and Hysteria 117

    4. The Scandalous Male Icon: Nijinsky and the Queering of Symbolist Aesthetics 156

    5. From Women to Girl: Mass Culture and Gender Panic 177

    Notes 213

    Index 249



  • “[A] critical narrative whose details are interesting . . . . ”

    “Hewitt offers brilliant, tantalizing flashes of insight into dance history . . .”

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  • “[A] critical narrative whose details are interesting . . . . ”

    “Hewitt offers brilliant, tantalizing flashes of insight into dance history . . .”

  • Social Choreography is an intelligent, precisely argued new take on longstanding issues regarding the relationship of ideologies and aesthetics, one which invigorates those debates through its encounter with the visual and kinesthetic materiality of dance forms.” — Jane Desmond, editor of, Meaning in Motion: New Cultural Studies of Dance

    “A work of stunning originality and relentless intelligence, Social Choreography restores the performing body to its central place in the narrative of aesthetic modernism and its vexed relationship to politics. Taking his examples from the history of dance, popular as well as elite, and the discourses surrounding it in Europe and America, Andrew Hewitt conducts a master class in non-reductive ideology critique.” — Martin Jay, author of, Songs of Experience: Modern European and American Variations on a Universal Theme

    “Innovative and groundbreaking, Social Choreography is a major contribution to intellectual history and in particular to the history of social theory. It is also a very important contribution to aesthetics where the reemergence of dance significantly reorders the hierarchy of the arts and of the tradition of theorizing the arts.” — Fredric Jameson, Duke University

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    Through the concept of “social choreography” Andrew Hewitt demonstrates how choreography has served not only as metaphor for modernity but also as a structuring blueprint for thinking about and shaping modern social organization. Bringing dance history and critical theory together, he shows that ideology needs to be understood as something embodied and practiced, not just as an abstract form of consciousness. Linking dance and the aesthetics of everyday movement—such as walking, stumbling, and laughter—to historical ideals of social order, he provides a powerful exposition of Marxist debates about the relation of ideology and aesthetics.

    Hewitt focuses on the period between the mid-nineteenth century and the early twentieth and considers dancers and social theorists in Germany, Britain, France, and the United States. Analyzing the arguments of writers including Friedrich Schiller, Theodor Adorno, Hans Brandenburg, Ernst Bloch, and Siegfried Kracauer, he reveals in their thinking about the movement of bodies a shift from an understanding of play as the condition of human freedom to one prioritizing labor as either the realization or alienation of embodied human potential. Whether considering understandings of the Charleston, Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky, or the famous British chorus line the Tiller Girls, Hewitt foregrounds gender as he uses dance and everyday movement to rethink the relationship of aesthetics and social order.

    About The Author(s)

    Andrew Hewitt is Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Political Inversions: Homosexuality, Fascism, and the Modernist Imaginary and Fascist Modernism: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Avant-Garde.

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