1st Edition

Dance and the Corporeal Uncanny
Philosophy in Motion

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ISBN 9780367508449
February 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Dance and the Corporeal Uncanny takes the philosophy of the body into the field of dance, through the lens of subjectivity and via its critique.

It draws on dance and performance as its dedicated field of practice to articulate a philosophy of agency and movement. It is organized around two conceptual paradigms - one phenomenological (via Merleau-Ponty), the other an interpretation of Nietzschean philosophy, mediated through the work of Deleuze.

The book draws on dance studies, cultural critique, ethnography and postcolonial theory, seeking an interdisciplinary audience in philosophy, dance and cultural studies.

Table of Contents


List of figures


Introduction: Hanging Out in the Body


Chapter 1: Merleau-Ponty and the Lived Body

Chapter 2: Movement Subjectivity and the Phenomenology of Dance

Chapter 3: Kinaesthetic Sensibility and the Politics of Difference

Chapter 4: Keeping it Korean: The Pluralization of Space and Time in Korean Dance


Chapter 5: Nietzsche and the Ontology of Force

Chapter 6: Subjectivity Three Ways: In Nietzsche and Deleuze

Chapter 7: Staging Sovereignty

Conclusion: Between the Dancer and the Dance


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Philipa Rothfield is an academic, a dancer and a dance reviewer. She is an honorary staff member in Philosophy and Politics at La Trobe University, Australia, and honorary professor in Dance and Philosophy of the Body at the University of Southern Denmark. She is Creative Advisor at Dancehouse, Melbourne. She is co-author of Practising with Deleuze: Design, Dance, Art, Writing, Philosophy (2017).