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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter provides ways of linking phenomenology, feminist analysis, embodiment in dance, and corporeal representational politics. It engages Iris Marion Young’s argument about “Throwing Like a Girl,” addressing the pervasive structure at the heart of the meaning of femininity: the “disabling” object/subject bind that throws woman out of agency, and into the image. Using Young, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maurice Merleau Ponty as historical touchstones, the chapter shows how this agency/object bracket is at work in disability representation, and how examples of contemporary dance practice can fruitfully destabilize this scene. Dancers discussed include Gerda Koenig, a German dance artist and choreographer of DIN A 13, and Bill Shannon, a US dance artist.

Keywords: phenomenology, embodiment, disability, feminism, corporeal politics

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