Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-x

I have been extremely fortunate and blessed to have a very special family of friends who have offered me support, collaboration, and assistance. This project would not have materialized without them. I thank Smaro Kamboureli who in March 1998 promised me that...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xv

The genesis of this project has had a long incubation that spans several years of emotional and intellectual involvement with issues of belonging, nationality, and the performance of gender and sexuality. Spiralling through these political issues and performances...

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1. Introducing Colonial and Postcolonial Dialectics on the Subject of Dance

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pp. 1-36

The year is 1976 and The Hague in Holland is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. The 1974 events in Cyprus, the coup d'etat by the Greek junta supported and aided by Greek-Cypriot rightwing nationalists, and the subsequent invasion of the island by Turkish...

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2. Dismissal Veiling Desire: Kuchuk Hanem and Imperial Masculinity

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pp. 37-66

Many of the travellers who left the Christian West to venture to the "heathenish" Orient in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries encountered a native body that they depicted as indolent, languid, and hopelessly devoid of the capitalist work ethic...

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3. The Dance of Extravagant Pleasures: Male Performers of the Orient and the Politics of the Imperial Gaze

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pp. 67-98

Cairo, early June 1834- Edward Lane informs us in a footnote to his chapter on Egypt's public dancers that the city's famous—infamous for many—dancing girls receive the portentous order to abandon their residence in Cairo. The ghawazee are to exile...

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4. Dancing Decadence: Semiotics of Dance and the Phantasm of Salomé

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pp. 99-120

In this chapter, I will examine ways in which Salome's dance and its associated decapitation of a Christian saint relate to colonial dynamics. One of the fundamental premises of my argument is that while watching dance, the gaze cannot remain passive or complacent...

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5. "I have seen this dance on old Greek vases": Hellenism and the Worlding of Greek Dance

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pp. 121-158

In the Orthodox Church of a diasporic Greek community (vaguely) located in the upper Midwest, Angela Shand experienced an actual "Tsifte-teli Sermon." This sermon took place on a Sunday following a Greek celebration, which the local priest supported...

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6. What Dancer from Which Dance? Concluding Reflections

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pp. 159-186

May of 2001 saw the organization of a significant and ambitious event in the world of Oriental dance in North America: the Second International Conference on Middle Eastern Dance. Predictably, considering the magnitude of the event, the conference attracted hundreds of Oriental...

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Epilogue

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pp. 187-198

Dancing Fear and Desire has balanced itself delicately on the ambiguity that the phrase engenders. Through the pages of this book, fear and desire have danced with each other and solo, spinning through the sites that define and redefine them constantly...

Notes

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pp. 199-220

Works Cited

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pp. 221-232

Index

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pp. 233-244