National Rhythms, African Roots The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance

ISBN-10: 0826329411

ISBN-13: 9780826329417

Edition: 2003

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Description: When John Charles Chasteen learned that Simn Bolvar, the Liberator, danced on a banquet table to celebrate Latin American independence in 1824, he tried to visualise the scene. How, he wondered, did the Liberator dance? Did he bounce stiffly in his dress uniform? Or did he move his hips? In other words, how high had African dance influences reached in Latin American societies? A vast social gap separated Bolvar from people of African descent; however, Chasteen's research shows that popular culture could bridge the gap. Fast-paced and often funny, this book explores the history of Latin American popular dance before the twentieth century. Chasteen first focuses on Havana, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro, where dances featuring a "transgressive close embrace" (forerunners of today's salsa, tango, and samba) emerged by 1900. Then, digging deeper in time, Chasteen uncovers the historical experiences that moulded Latin American popular dance, including carnival celebrations, the social lives of slaves, European fashions, and, oddly enough, religious processions. The relationship between Latin American dance and nationalism, it turns out, is very deep, indeed.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 1/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

John Charles Chasteen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Tulio Halperin Donghi's The Contemporary History of Latin America.

Preface and Acknowledgments
A Word on Language
Transgressive National Dances?
The Transgressive Close Embrace and Popular Carnival, 1870-1910
Maxixe, Milonga, Danzon
Tia Ciata's House (Rio de Janeiro)
The Podesta Brothers' Circus (Buenos Aires)
Failde's Orchestra (Havana)
The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance
The Drums of Epiphany (African Roots)
The Latest Steps (Direct from Paris)
Dances of the County (Independence)
Dancing for Joy (Colonial Choreographies)
Morena (American Eve)
Glossary
Notes
Index
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