Delsarte, Francois-Alexandre-Nicolas

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Francois-Alexandre-Nicolas, 1811-1871.
Delsarte exercises - Synonym(s): Delsarte system
Delsarte system - a method of breathing, speaking, posture, etc. Synonym(s): Delsarte exercises; delsartism
delsartism - Synonym(s): Delsarte system
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37) Dalcroze retained the influence of Delsartism and its "commitment to recovering an authentic' and 'expressive' self"; (38) Dalcroze's own book Rhythm, Music and Education (1920) cited the "student's temperament" and "the personal music of different individualities" as central to the practice.
Preston identifies Delsarte as "a French performance theorist" and writes that "benefitting from assumptions of French cultural authority, Delsartism designated a varied set of international movements that were particularly popular between 1880 and 1920" (4).
Francois Delsarte, Delsartism, and Vernon Lee and provides a summary of each chapter's contents.
Preston writes that Chapter 2, "Posing Modernism: Delsartism in Modern Dance and Silent Film," "focuses on Delsartean theories of the body" (58).
Chapter 3, "Positioning Genre: The Dramatic Monologue in Cultures of Recitation," begins with a section on one of the foremost American specialists in elocution, Samuel Silas Curry (1847-1921), with attention to some of his fourteen publications on various aspects of expression, including the dramatic monologue, the role of American Delsartism in his theory and practice.
In her afterword, Preston sums up the vast array of information and discussion she has provided in the book, notes a previous "critical neglect of Delsartism and other antimodern movements within modernist studies" (239), and mentions the work of "post-modernists" such as the innovative theater director Jerzy Grotowski and the ground-breaking dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer (247)--among others--who are continuing some of the work she has discussed.
As it happens, there has been a welcome reversal of what Preston terms the "critical neglect" of Delsartism.
Tambien, se puede consultar The Cultivation of Body and Mind in Nineteenth-Century American Delsartism de Nancy Lee Chalfa Ruyter (1999) y The Makers of Modern Dance in Germany de Isa Partsch-Bergsohn y Harold Bergsohn (2003).
Preston's article, 'Posing Modernism: Delsartism in Modern Dance and Silent Film', in the May 2009 issue of Theatre Journal, another interdisciplinary link is added to this chain of discussion.
For an overview of the impact of physical training, Delsartism, and exercise on early-twentieth-century Americans see Ann Daly, Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1995), 123-31; for more on women's reforms more generally see Gail Collins, America's Women (New York: William Morrow, 2003) and Sara M.