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Katherine Dunham: DANCING A LIFE Hardcover – September 12, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; First Edition edition (September 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252027590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252027598
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As curator and education coordinator at the Katherine Dunham Museum in East Saint Louis, IL, Aschenbrenner (anthropology, emerita, Southern Illinois Univ.) is uniquely qualified to analyze and appreciate the life and career of her subject. Dunham founded the first self-supporting African American dance company, but she made more of an impact as a dance teacher, anthropologist, and socially responsible artist. Aschenbrenner's purpose is "to elucidate [Dunham's] views on anthropology and dance and how they relate to her social activism"-aspects that have received little attention in existing biographies (e.g., Terry Harnan's African Rhythms and Ruth Biemiller's Dance: The Life of Katherine Dunham), most of which are out of print. The author's purpose is realized through a careful reading and interpretation of Dunham's memoirs, A Touch of Innocence and Island Possessed, which are supplemented with information collected from archival documents, interviews with Dunham's colleagues, and personal reminiscences. This focused study is written for academics, specifically dance historians and anthropologists. Recommended for academic libraries.
Joan Stahl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"As curator and education coordinator at the Katherine Dunham Museum in East Saint Louis, IL, Aschenbrenner is uniquely qualified to analyze and appreciate the life and career of her subject... Aschenbrenner's purpose is to 'elucidate [Dunham's] views on anthropology and dance and how they relate to her social activism' -- aspects that have received little attention in existing biographies ... most of which are out of print. The author's purpose is realized through careful reading and interpretation of Dunham's memoirs." -- Library Journal "Highly recommended." CHOICE

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Dunham: Dancing A Life is the in-depth biography of Katherine Dunham, a truly talented, remarkably gifted, and influential twentieth century dancer, choreographer, and founder of the first self-supporting African American dance company. Incorporating Dunham's published memoirs, archival documents, and extensive interviews with Dunham's colleagues, students, and dance company members, Katherine Dunham: Dancing A Life by Joyce Aschenbrenner (Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville) is a meticulously researched, objectively presented, accessibly written, biographically based revelation of what a life of dance is truly like, as well as revealing the heart and soul behind the graceful movements on stage.
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By Shirley Hardie on January 9, 2014
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I enjoyed reading about Katherine Dunham's life. I never really knew about her before. I highly recommend this book, especially for dancers.
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