- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (March 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019936785X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199367856
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,712,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martha Graham in Love and War: The Life in the Work Reprint Edition
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"An experienced writer and scholar, Franko chose to study Graham with a different purpose, expressed in the title: to examine major examples of her works in the context of political and personal events. Covering a time from the rising fascism of the late 1930s to the postwar period of the early 1950s, Franko's research come at a time when many witnesses to her career have either passed away or proved to be less reliable about facts." --Dance Chronicle
"Franko presents a bold and rich narrative about neglected and unknown aspects of Martha Graham's work during the wartime decades. He sets a new standard for a close reading of psychoanalysis and fascism in relation to dance modernism, allowing readers to discover the Graham inside the Graham we thought we knew."--Janice Ross, Professor, Drama Department, Stanford University
"Franko considers Graham's work from multiple perspectives, including politics, literature, psychoanalytical theory and, not least, her relationship to her own popular image. In his bold, incisive analyses, Franko dispels many of the myths surrounding Graham to reveal, in their place, a brilliant, conflicted, more human artist."--Gay Morris, author of A Game for Dancers: Performing Modernism in the Postwar Years
"This book places Graham's mature work from the period 1938-53 in its social and cultural context through close readings of archival material, some of which has only recently emerged. It offers important new clarifications and insights about Graham's development at a time when, on the one hand, she was emerging as a major public figure while, on the other, she was turning to psychoanalytic ideas about myths in order to find a creative way to negotiate her turbulent relationship with Erick Hawkins. Franko creates a much clearer historical account of this than existing work on Graham and points to previously unexamined aspects of her work with psycho-drama that, in effect, anticipate later developments in dance theatre."--Ramsay Burt, De Montfort University
"Through the complex interweaving of Graham's work and life Franko creates a striking cultural study that combines analyses of politics, psychoanalysis, advertising, and manuscript materials. The book provides new insight into Graham's creative methods during a fundamental phase of her career."--Susan Jones, St. Hilda's College, Oxford
"Provocative and deeply researched." --The Washington Post
"[A] vital introduction to the aesthetic and intellectual explorations that guided Graham's best work . . . As Mr. Franko makes clear again and again in this absorbing book, nothing was simple about Martha Graham--the life or the work." --Wall Street Journal
"A bravura theoretical performance." --Chronicle of Higher Education
"For a deeply moving and informative view of Ms. Graham and her many achievements during those years, nothing can be more informative and fulfilling than this elegant volume." --Art Times
About the Author
Mark Franko is Professor of Dance at Temple University and Editor of Dance Research Journal.
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Content has less to do with the dances and mostly about theories used to revision them.