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Margaret’s Living Legacy for Dance

Margaret’s Living Legacy for Dance MARK FRANKO I first visited the Warburg Institute Library in London in the late 1970s during one of my research trips from Paris where I was working on my dissertation about French and Italian dance manuals of the Renaissance. I was thunderstruck by the organization of the Warburg library, which was a kind of inspired disorganization through idea association determining where books found a home on the shelf. Their physical emplacement had to speak to their surroundings and for this reason there is no conventional card catalogue of the library’s holdings. Moving physically along the ranges of shelves passing from one book, pamphlet, or offprint to another, one saw that the relationship of each to each was already an act of research and thinking as though overseen by Aby Warburg himself since it was his personal library. Later I learned that Margaret McGowan had written her dissertation at the Warburg Institute under Frances A. Yates whose The Valois Tapestries was important to my work. The research Margaret did for her first book, L’Art du ballet de cour en France (1963), included scouring the archives for written material on the early ballet. In this book, she set up the conditions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dance Research Edinburgh University Press

Margaret’s Living Legacy for Dance

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

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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0264-2875
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1750-0095
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10.3366/drs.2022.0373
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Abstract

MARK FRANKO I first visited the Warburg Institute Library in London in the late 1970s during one of my research trips from Paris where I was working on my dissertation about French and Italian dance manuals of the Renaissance. I was thunderstruck by the organization of the Warburg library, which was a kind of inspired disorganization through idea association determining where books found a home on the shelf. Their physical emplacement had to speak to their surroundings and for this reason there is no conventional card catalogue of the library’s holdings. Moving physically along the ranges of shelves passing from one book, pamphlet, or offprint to another, one saw that the relationship of each to each was already an act of research and thinking as though overseen by Aby Warburg himself since it was his personal library. Later I learned that Margaret McGowan had written her dissertation at the Warburg Institute under Frances A. Yates whose The Valois Tapestries was important to my work. The research Margaret did for her first book, L’Art du ballet de cour en France (1963), included scouring the archives for written material on the early ballet. In this book, she set up the conditions

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Dance ResearchEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2022

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