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Tango. A multidimensional expression of Argentine identity, one that speaks to that nationandrsquo;s sense of disorientation, loss, and terror. Yet the tango mesmerizes dancers and audiences alike throughout the world. In Paper Tangos, Julie Taylorandmdash;a classically trained dancer and anthropologistandmdash;examines the poetics of the tango while describing her own quest to dance this most dramatic of paired dances.

Taylor, born in the United States, has lived much of her adult life in Latin America. She has spent years studying the tango in Buenos Aires, dancing during and after the terror of military dictatorships. This book is at once an account of a life lived crossing the borders of two distinct and complex cultures and an exploration of the conflicting meanings of tango for women who love the poetry of its movement yet feel uneasy with the roles it bestows on the male and female dancers. Drawing parallels among the violences of the Argentine Junta, the play with power inherent in tango dancing, and her own experiences with violence both inside and outside the intriguing tango culture, Taylor weaves the line between engaging memoir and insightful cultural critique. Within the contexts of tangoandrsquo;s creative birth and contemporary presentations, this book welcomes us directly into the tango subculture and reveals the ways that personal, political, and historical violence operate in our lives.

The bookandrsquo;s experimental design includes photographs on every page, which form a flip-book sequence of a tango. Not simply a book for tango dancers and fans, Paper Tangos will reward students of Latin American studies, cultural studies, anthropology, feminist studies, dance studies, and the art of critical memoir.

Synopsis:

The author’s experiences dancing the Tango in Argentina, and the relation of the violence of the dance to violences of the state and in the author’s past.

About the Author

Julie Taylor is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and is the author of Eva Peron: The Myths of a Woman.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822321750
Author:
Taylor, Julie M.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Taylor, Julie
Author:
Kramer, Jane
Author:
Taylor, J. M.
Author:
Gaonkar, Dilip Parameshwar
Author:
Warner, Michael
Subject:
General
Subject:
Argentina
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Dance - Ballroom
Subject:
Tango (dance)
Subject:
Tango (Dance) -- Argentina.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Public Planet Books
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
89 bandw photographs
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.34x5.63x.72 in. .72 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Dance » Miscellaneous Other Dance Forms
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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