Combining critical analysis with personal history and poetry, 'Dancing Identity' presents a series of interconnected essays composed over a period of 15 years
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“Part theory, part memoir, part dance analysis, Dancing Identity shakes loose many traditionally held assumptions about the dancing body. In this highly original series of essays, ranging from ballet to Butoh, Sondra Fraleigh offers illuminating insights in her quest to unravel the mind/body split.”
—Julie Malnig, The Gallatin School, New York University
"A kaleidoscope of what it is to be human. Fraleigh's project is not just to articulate the human potential of an existential metaphysics, but dancing as the mode of existential being par excellence."
—Nigel Stewart, Lancaster University
"An arresting and relentless examination of dance, gender, and identity. Fraleigh's autobiographical elements are remembered with wonder against overwhelming odds. I felt empowered as a woman through her words."
—Tamah Nakamura, Kyushu University
"The wide-ranging themes explored in <I>Dancing Identity</I> are tied together by a personal narrative that is engaging and provocative, and that brings new and vital life to the once highly charged feminist claim that the personal is political."
—Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon