Literary critics often pursue analyses of music or painting and literature as 'sister arts', yet this is the first full-length study of the treatment of social dance in literature. A vital part of social life and courtship with its own symbolism, dance in the nineteenth century was a natural point of interest for novelists writing about these topics; and indeed ballroom scenes could themselves be used to further courtship narratives or illustrate other significant encounters. Including analyses of works by Jane Austen, W. M. Thackeray, George Eliot, and Anthony Trollope, as well as extensive material from nineteenth-century dance manuals, Cheryl A. Wilson shows how dance provided a vehicle through which writers could convey social commentary and cultural critique on issues such as gender, social mobility, and nationalism.
Ballroom Bonanza is an A-Z of the dance floor and contains a puzzle surprise on every page in the tradition of the picture book sensation Animalia!
Steve Savage was murdered nearly a year ago. No one has ever been charged for the crime. His daughter, Susan, has the strong feeling someone is watching her. Her friends are beginning to fear for her sanity. Her past, riddled with drug and alcohol abuse and promiscuous relationships, hardly help her credibility. Then her dead father returns from the grave to tell her who his killer was. He asks her to avenge his murder before his stone setting, else he is destined to be a gilgul, a wandering soul for ever.To make matters worse, Susan has discovered that Nick, her father's brother, and her mother are having a passionate love affair. Not that her own relationship with her uncle had ever been that very straightforward! Something must be done, but what? And with the stone setting only a few week's away, how can she save her father's soul in time? Dazzlingly written, with wit and insight, "Dance to Your Daddy" is a debut novel from a new author with startling talent.
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