Frank Kermode’s
Poet and Dancer:
Before Diaghilev
Group 1
Stephanie Peck and Edited By:
Laura Pratt and Dr. Kay Picart
Reformist Movement
• Paris 1909
• Diaghilev and
the Ballets
Russes
• Correlation
between prose
and dance
• Bloomsbury
Group
• Symbolist
poetry and the
“emblem of the
Image” (Mester 3)
Sui Generis
• Lois Fuller
“Symbol of Art itself”
• Dancing and
dehumanization
• Become an
expression of
the soul
• Objectification
into “an almost
inhuman state”
(Kermode 154)
Talk to Her
• Expressionism as a
form of the primal
essence of self
• ________________
• Rejecting the
cultural
construction of
dance
• Significance of
ending the film
with Ruth
Amarante’s
‘Masurca Fogo'
Works Cited
• Kermode, Frank. “Poet
and Dancer: Before
Diaghilev.” What is
Dance?
• Koritz, Amy. Gendering
Bodies/ Performing Art.
UP of Michigan, 1995.
• Mester, Terri.
Movement and
Modernism.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
UP. 1997.
• Talk to Her. Dir. Pedro
Almodóvar. 2002.
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Frank Kermode`s Poet and Dancer: Before Diaghilev