Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance by Anthea KrautChoreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance by Anthea Kraut

Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance

byAnthea Kraut

Paperback | December 15, 2015

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Choreographing Copyright is a new historical and cultural analysis of U.S. dance-makers' investment in intellectual property rights. Stretching from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first, the book reconstructs efforts to win copyright protection for choreography and teases outtheir raced and gendered politics, showing how dancers have embraced intellectual property rights as a means to both consolidate and contest racial and gendered power. A number of the artists featured in the book are well-known in the history of American dance, including Loie Fuller, Hanya Holm, and Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, and George Balanchine. But the book also uncovers a host of marginalized figures - from the South Asian dancer Mohammed Ismail, to theAfrican American pantomimist Johnny Hudgins, to the African American blues singer Alberta Hunter, to the white burlesque dancer Faith Dane - who were equally interested in positioning themselves as subjects rather than objects of property. Drawing on critical race and feminist theories and on cultural studies of copyright, Choreographing Copyright offers fresh insight into the raced and gendered hierarchies that govern the theatrical marketplace, white women's historically contingent relationship to property rights, legacies ofownership of black bodies and appropriation of non-white labor, and the tension between dance's ephemerality and its reproducibility.
Anthea Kraut is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at University of California, Riverside and author of Choreographing the Folk: The Dance Stagings of Zora Neale Hurston (2008).
Title:Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American DanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199360375

ISBN - 13:9780199360376


Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroduction: Dance Plus Copyright1. White Womanhood and Early Campaigns for Choreographic Copyright2. The Black Body as Object and Subject of Property3. "Stealing Steps" and Signature Moves: Alternative Systems of Copyright4. "High-brow Meets Low-Down": Copyright on Broadway5. Copyright and the Death/Life of the ChoreographerCoda: Beyonce v. De KeersmaekerAppendix: A Timeline of Intellectual Property Rights and Dance in the United StatesSelect BibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Choreographing Copyright is a provocative book that sheds new light on the history of modern, vernacular and commercial dance. By attending to the raced, gendered and classed biases that influence choreographers' claims of originality, authorship and ownership, Kraut lends keen insight intothe implicit social politics behind the fixing of moving bodies. She finds in vibrant case studies arguments about subjectivity, property, protection and value writ large and pushes us to recognize the instabilities of bids for personhood through creative expression." --Nadine George-Graves, Professor, University of California San Diego Department of Theater and Dance