The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky

3.85 avg rating
( 13 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780804729505: The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky is three books in one: an impressionistic account of the dancer's homoerotic career, an analysis of his gay male reception, and an exploration of the limitations of that analysis. The impressionistic account, based on the aestheticism of Walter Pater, focuses on significant gestures made by Nijinsky in key roles, including the Golden Slave, the Specter of the Rose, Narcissus, Petrouchka, and the Faun.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky is three books in one: an impressionistic account of the dancer’s homoerotic career, an analysis of his gay male reception, and an exploration of the limitations of that analysis. The impressionistic account, based on the aestheticism of Walter Pater, focuses on significant gestures made by Nijinsky in key roles, including the Golden Slave, the Specter of the Rose, Narcissus, Petrouchka, and the Faun. The analysis of his reception, based on the semiotics of Roland Barthes, is deconstructive. And the exploration of the the analytical limitations sets the stage for cultural studies that move beyond Barthesian semiotics—beyond, that is, the author’s last two books.
Why, given that most of his followers were not gay, describe Nijinsky’s queer afterlife? The author’s answer is that Nijinsky was the Lord Alfred Douglas of the Ballet Russes. The dancer, however, had even more “lilac-hued notoriety” than Douglas—notoriety based upon common knowledge of his sexual relationship with Serge Diaghilev, upon his having been one of the first sensuous young men to dominate a Western stage recently riven by the homosexual/heterosexual division we are still contending with today, and upon his mastery of leading roles and body languages that had very little to do with conventional masculinity.

From the Back Cover:

“Kopelson’s strategy, as in his previous work, is to bring relevant culture-studies theory to bear on gay male icons in a lively and readable way that wears its extensive learning lightly. The result is a deeply informed and very moving account of a figure who almost escapes appropriation by the language of criticism. Kopelson meets this challenge in an exemplary way, focusing in historical sequence on the performances. He is steeped in Nijinsky lore, and, just as important, knows the music. He also knows the critics, assessing them shrewdly. This is an elegant, beautifully illustrated account of the legacy of Nijinsky’s ephemeral but influential work as an artist.” —Diane Middlebrook,Stanford University

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780804729499: The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0804729492 ISBN 13:  9780804729499
Publisher: Stanford University Press, 1997
Hardcover

9780756787622: Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky

Diane ..., 1997
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Kopelson, Kevin
Published by Stanford Univ Pr
ISBN 10: 0804729506 ISBN 13: 9780804729505
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford Univ Pr. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0804729506 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.0440504

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Kopelson, Kevin
Published by Stanford Univ Pr
ISBN 10: 0804729506 ISBN 13: 9780804729505
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford Univ Pr. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0804729506 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.4328834

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Kopelson, Kevin
Published by Stanford Univ Pr (1997)
ISBN 10: 0804729506 ISBN 13: 9780804729505
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford Univ Pr, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110804729506

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 75.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Kevin Kopelson
Published by Stanford Univ Pr (1997)
ISBN 10: 0804729506 ISBN 13: 9780804729505
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford Univ Pr, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0804729506

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 108.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Kevin Kopelson
Published by Stanford University Press (1998)
ISBN 10: 0804729506 ISBN 13: 9780804729505
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Stanford University Press, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0804729506n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 288.83
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds