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dc.contributor.advisorCallahan, Richard J., 1967-eng
dc.contributor.authorMilligan, Katherine, 1984-eng
dc.coverage.temporal1800-1899eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Summereng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Aug. 18, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Richard J. Callahan, Jr.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Religious studies.eng
dc.description.abstractThis thesis begins with a simple question: Can seemingly-secular dance be a religious experience for an individual dancer? I investigate this question through specifically examining the lives of dancers Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncan, both creators of influential new styles of dance in the late nineteenth century. I begin with a study of the religio-cultural atmosphere of modern society from which Fuller's and Duncan's dances emerged. With a sense of the religio-cultural atmosphere established, I then turn my attention to Fuller and Duncan. In order to understand how dance might be a religious experience for both, I focus my attention on those encounters that Fuller and Duncan viewed as especially important, crucial to their understandings of the relationship between the world and their selves--meaningful, religious, and/or spiritual. Finally, I turn to the idea of dance as religious experience. Here, I engage with both dance theory (José Gil's paradoxical body) and religious studies scholarship (William James' definition of religion and Catherine Bell's ritualization) in order to situate a religious experience within a dancing body. Ultimately, I conclude that dance was indeed a site of religious experience for Fuller and Duncan--an experience created through their dynamic processes of embedding and disembedding in the religious ideas and institutions of modern society.eng
dc.format.extent4, iv, 145 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb80705996eng
dc.identifier.oclc681960438eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/9267
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/9267eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theseseng
dc.subject.lcshFuller, Loie, 1862-1928 Criticism and interpretationeng
dc.subject.lcshDuncan, Isadora, 1877-1927 -- Criticism and interpretationeng
dc.subject.lcshReligious danceeng
dc.titleWhere the dancer meets her divine: dance as religious experience in the lives of Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncaneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineReligious studies (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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