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Author Wagner, Ann Louise.

Title Adversaries of dance : from the Puritans to the present / Ann Wagner
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1997]


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Description xvi, 442 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The Pre-Reformation Tradition -- 2. The Voices of Protestant Reformers -- 3. The Puritans in New England: The Seventeenth Century -- 4. The Gentry and the Awakening: The Eighteenth Century -- 5. Early Evangelicals and American Etiquette: 1800-1839 -- 6. The Evangelical Mainstream and Radical Reformers: 1840-60 -- 7. Conservatives, Liberals, and the City: 1865-89 -- 8. Embattled Fundamentalists and the Rhetoric of Moral Panic: 1890-1929 -- 9. Urban Reformers and the Dance Hall: 1908-40 -- 10. The Polemic Upstaged: 1930-69 and Beyond -- 11. The Nature of Dance and the Polemic in Reprise -- 12. Aesthetics, Morality, and Gender -- App. A. Bible Verses on Dance -- App. B. Known European Adversaries of Dance -- App. C. Lesser-Known Adversaries Mentioned in the Text
Summary Whether in the private parlor, public hall, commercial "dance palace," or sleazy dive, dance has long been opposed by those who viewed it as immoral - more precisely as being a danger to the purity of those who practiced it, particularly women. In Adversaries of Dance, Ann Wagner presents a major study of opposition to dance over a period of four centuries in what is now the United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Dance -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States -- History.
Dance -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
United States -- Moral conditions.
LC no. 96025187
ISBN 0252022742 (cloth : alk. paper)
0252065905 (paperback: alk. paper)