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Critical Race Theory and Copyright in American Dance

Whiteness as Status Property

Authors: Picart, Caroline Joan S.

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About this book

The effort to win federal protection for dance in the United States was a racialized and gendered contest. Picart traces the evolution of choreographic works from being federally non-copyrightable to becoming a category potentially copyrightable under the 1976 Copyright Act, specifically examining Loíe Fuller, George Balanchine, and Martha Graham.

About the authors

Caroline Joan (Kay) S. Picart, formerly a tenured associate professor of English and Humanities at Florida State University, is a joint Juris Doctor-MA Candidate (WST) at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and an adjunct professor of Humanities at Santa Fe College.

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"Picart is familiar with not only the most relevant secondary literature on dance, choreography, and related topics, but also the copyright laws regarding artistic commodities. Her focus on specific figures and the most salient details of the actual history of modern dance makes this book an especially exciting one. I cannot imagine anyone interested in either dance or critical race theory who would not be drawn at least to peruse this work." - Vincent Colapietro, Liberal Arts Research Professor, Pennsylvania State University, USA"

"In Critical Race Theory and Copyright in American Dance, Picart succeeds not only in her immediate project, but also in debunking the myth that some fields of law are race/sex/gender neutral. In her sophisticated treatment of copyright and dance, she traces the history of copyright application to art, and shows with fascinating ability the structural inequities in the legal and art worlds and processes. She peels away at the layers of discriminatory impetus - be it conscious or unconscious - and makes a convincing case for the distortions they effect. This book is a must-read for students and scholars of critical theory - race, feminist, queer, of law and of art (in all its sub-disciplines)." - Berta Hernandez-Truyol, Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor of Law, University of Florida, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Preliminary Remarks

    Picart, Caroline Joan S.

    Pages 1-20

  • Comparing Aesthetics of Whiteness and Nonwhiteness in Relation to American Dance

    Picart, Caroline Joan S.

    Pages 21-44

  • Loíe Fuller, “Goddess of Light” and Josephine Baker, “Black Venus”: Non-narrative Choreography as Mere “Spectacle”

    Picart, Caroline Joan S.

    Pages 45-65

  • George Balanchine, “Genius of American Dance”: Whiteness, Choreography, Copyrightability in American Dance

    Picart, Caroline Joan S.

    Pages 67-85

  • Martha Graham, “Picasso of American Dance,” and Katherine Dunham, “Matriarch of Black Dance”: Exoticism and Nonwhiteness in American Dance

    Picart, Caroline Joan S.

    Pages 87-116

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Race Theory and Copyright in American Dance
Book Subtitle
Whiteness as Status Property
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Caroline Joan S. Picart
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32197-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137321978
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32196-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45819-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 243
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
Topics