Modern Political Aesthetics from Romantic to Modernist Literature: Choreographies of Social Performance, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Modern Political Aesthetics from Romantic to Modernist Literature

Choreographies of Social Performance, 1st Edition

By Tudor Balinisteanu


210 pages

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In this new research monograph, Tudor Balinsteanu draws on concepts of dance to demonstrate how the nonhuman is dealt with in terms of practical politics, that is, choreographies of social performance which emerge at the intersection of literature, art, and embodied life. Drawing on a number of influential texts by William Wordsworth, Joseph Conrad, W. B. Yeats, and James Joyce, this truly interdisciplinary monograph explores the relations between the human and the nonhuman across centuries of literature and as demonstrated in philosophical concepts and social experiments.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



1 Bruno Latour: The Traditional Subject and the Articulated Body amidst Statements, Propositions, and Compositions

2 Dance and the Social Language of Action

3 Conscious and Unconscious Projections of Economic Forces in Wordsworth’s Writing

4 Confronting the Capitalist Unconscious: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

5 The Poetic Dimension of Anarcho-Syndicalist Politics in Nueva Australia

6 Yeats’s Dancers Dancing

7 Joyce’s Choreographies of Gesture

8 Choreographies of Social Performance


Works Cited


About the Author

Tudor Balinisteanu is currently a Research Fellow in English Literature at University of Suceava, Romania. He is the author of Religion and Aesthetic Experience in Joyce and Yeats (2015), Violence, Narrative and Myth in Joyce and Yeats: Subjective Identity and Anarcho-Syndicalist Traditions (2013), and Narrative, Social Myth, and Reality in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Women's Writing: Kennedy, Lochhead, Bourke, Ní Dhuibhne, and Carr (2009). He has also published in a number of British, Irish, Canadian, and American journals.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General