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Sweating Saris

Srinivasan, Priya:
Sweating Saris : Indian dance as transnational labor / Priya Srinivasan. - Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2012 [erschienen: Dez. 2011]. - xvi, 221 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-1-43990-429-9
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A groundbreaking book that seeks to understand dance as labor, Sweating Saris examines dancers not just as aesthetic bodies but as transnational migrant workers and wage earners who negotiate citizenship and gender issues.
   Srinivasan merges ethnography, history, critical race theory, performance and post-colonial studies among other disciplines to investigate the embodied experience of Indian dance. The dancers’ sweat stained and soaked sari, the aching limbs are emblematic of global circulations of labor, bodies, capital, and industrial goods. Thus the sweating sari of the dancer stands in for her unrecognized labor.
   Srinivasan shifts away from the usual emphasis on Indian women dancers as culture bearers of the Indian nation. She asks us to reframe the movements of late nineteenth century transnational Nautch Indian dancers to the foremother of modern dance Ruth St. Denis in the early twentieth century to contemporary teenage dancers in Southern California, proposing a transformative theory of dance, gendered-labor, and citizenship that is far-reaching. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. ix
Acknowledgements. xiii
Introduction. 7
1. An Invocation for Ethnohistories. 25
2. Death, Citizenship, Law, and the Haunting of the Oriental Dancing Girl. 43
3. Archival Her-Stories: St. Denis and the Nachwalis of Coney Island. 67
4. Legal Failures and Other Performative Acts. 83
5. Intermission and Costume Changes. 103
6. Negotiating Cultural Nationalism and Minority Citizenship. 117
7. Manufacturing of the Indian Dancer through Off-Shore Labor. 141
Epilogue. 165
Glossary. 171
Endnotes. 177
References. 201
Index. 213

PRIYA SRINIVASAN is an Associate Professor in Critical Dance Studies at the Department of Dance, University of California, Riverside. In 2008, she received the Gertrude Lippincott Award given by the Society of Dance History Scholars for the best English-language article published in dance studies. Profile page.

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