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Cultural Memory and Popular Dance

Dancing to Remember, Dancing to Forget

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  • Focuses on popular dance, as opposed to theatrical high art dance, and emphasises the geographical diversity that this medium covers
  • Re-visits some of the most influential theories about how memory and performance intersect
  • Foregrounds the roles of embodiment and the popular in remembering the past, adding valuable dimensions to interdisciplinary studies of memory

Part of the book series: Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies (PMMS)

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About this book

This book focuses on the myriad ways that people collectively remember or forget shared pasts through popular dance. In dance classes, nightclubs, family celebrations, tourist performances, on television, film, music video and the internet, cultural memories are shared and transformed by dancing bodies adapting yesterday’s steps to today’s concerns. The book gathers emerging and seasoned scholarly voices from a wide range of geographical and disciplinary perspectives to discuss cultural remembering and forgetting in diverse popular dance contexts. The contributors ask: how are Afro-diasporic memories invoked in popular dance classes? How are popular dance genealogies manipulated and reclaimed? What is at stake for the nation in the nationalizing of folk and popular dances? And how does mediated dancing transmit memory as feelings or affects? The book reveals popular dance to be vital to cultural processes of remembering and forgetting, allowing participants to pivot between alternative pasts, presents and futures.

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Chichester, Chichester, UK

    Clare Parfitt

About the editor

Clare Parfitt is an interdisciplinary dance scholar and PhD Supervisor at the University of Chichester, UK. She is Chair of PoP Moves, an international network for popular dance research. From 2014-2016, she was Principal Investigator for the AHRC Leadership Fellowship project ‘Dancing with Memory’, which led to this edited collection.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cultural Memory and Popular Dance

  • Book Subtitle: Dancing to Remember, Dancing to Forget

  • Editors: Clare Parfitt

  • Series Title: Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-71082-8Published: 26 November 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-71085-9Published: 27 November 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-71083-5Published: 02 December 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6257

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6265

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 306

  • Topics: Dance, Memory Studies, Popular Culture

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