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Dancing savages: stereotypes and cultural encounters across theAtlantic in the age of European expansion  (2010)

Authors:
ARCANGELI ALESSANDRO
Title:
Dancing savages: stereotypes and cultural encounters across theAtlantic in the age of European expansion
Year:
2010
Type of item:
Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)
Tipologia ANVUR:
Contributo in volume (Capitolo o Saggio)
Language:
Inglese
Format:
A Stampa
Book Title:
Exploring cultural history: essays in honour of Peter Burke
Publisher:
Ashgate
ISBN:
9780754667506
Page numbers:
289-308
Keyword:
dance, travel literature, cultural encounters, images of the savage, stereotypes of the Other, early modern Africa America and Europe
Short description of contents:
From the editors' Introduction, pp. 26-7: Alessandro Arcangeli considers stereotypes about dancing savages in the early modern Atlantic encounter. He raises the question of whether the European experience at home, in front of the stage, conditioned how exotic dances were represented, and whether negative prejudices about culturally unsophisticated peoples determined their interpretation. In a hierarchical view of the scale of civilization, the equation of the dancing peasant and the dancing savage easily became associated by the elite European observer. However, Arcangeli's analysis seeks to separate the empirical description of dancing practices by naked peoples  what we might call ethnography  from its negative valuation as an example of disorderly behaviour and loss of moral control, which only belongs to specific observers; although the tendency to do this seems to have increased over the period to the times of Lafitau. In effect, the discourse on dancing savages enhanced the European sense of a growing distance in relation to their own ancient past  the construction of the savage led to the construction of the primitive.
Product ID:
57536
Handle IRIS:
11562/343433
Deposited On:
October 8, 2010
Last Modified:
November 2, 2016
Bibliographic citation:
ARCANGELI ALESSANDRO, Dancing savages: stereotypes and cultural encounters across theAtlantic in the age of European expansion Exploring cultural history: essays in honour of Peter BurkeMelissa Calaresu, Filippo de Vivo e Joan-Pau RubiésAshgate2010pp. 289-308

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