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Margaret and the Warburg Institute

Margaret and the Warburg Institute PETER MACK Margaret McGowan was associated with the Warburg Institute for almost seventy years. During her undergraduate studies at Reading University she conceived the project of an in depth study of the interplay between art, music, poetry and dance in French court festivals of the Renaissance. Helped by its connections with Reading in the 1940s and 1950s she realised that the Warburg was the ideal place for the kind of interdisciplinary study she envisaged. To her great credit Frances Yates, best known today as an historian of renaissance occult philosophy and the art of memory, swiftly recognised Margaret’s abilities and the potential of her project, taking her on as a PhD student. Margaret was living in France, largely in Paris and Strasbourg, while she conducted her research and wrote her thesis, but in a recent interview with Luisa Capodieci (available through the Warburg website) she spoke warmly of Yates’s careful reading of her drafts and of memories of Yates scampering up ladders in the old Imperial Institute building to find books which would help Margaret’s research. Thanks to Jean Jacquot, who with Yates had established firm foundations for the Europe-wide study of court festivals, a reworked version of Margaret’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dance Research Edinburgh University Press

Margaret and the Warburg Institute

Dance Research , Volume 40 (2): 3 – Nov 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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0264-2875
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1750-0095
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10.3366/drs.2022.0374
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PETER MACK Margaret McGowan was associated with the Warburg Institute for almost seventy years. During her undergraduate studies at Reading University she conceived the project of an in depth study of the interplay between art, music, poetry and dance in French court festivals of the Renaissance. Helped by its connections with Reading in the 1940s and 1950s she realised that the Warburg was the ideal place for the kind of interdisciplinary study she envisaged. To her great credit Frances Yates, best known today as an historian of renaissance occult philosophy and the art of memory, swiftly recognised Margaret’s abilities and the potential of her project, taking her on as a PhD student. Margaret was living in France, largely in Paris and Strasbourg, while she conducted her research and wrote her thesis, but in a recent interview with Luisa Capodieci (available through the Warburg website) she spoke warmly of Yates’s careful reading of her drafts and of memories of Yates scampering up ladders in the old Imperial Institute building to find books which would help Margaret’s research. Thanks to Jean Jacquot, who with Yates had established firm foundations for the Europe-wide study of court festivals, a reworked version of Margaret’s

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Published: Nov 1, 2022

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