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Literary critics often pursue analyses of music or painting and literature as 'sister arts', yet this is the first full-length study of the treatment of social dance in literature. A vital part of social life and courtship with its own symbolism, dance in the nineteenth century was a natural point of interest for novelists writing about these topics; and indeed ballroom scenes could themselves be used to further courtship narratives or illustrate other significant encounters. Including analyses of works by Jane Austen, W. M. Thackeray, George Eliot, and Anthony Trollope, as well as extensive material from nineteenth-century dance manuals, Cheryl A. Wilson shows how dance provided a vehicle through which writers could convey social commentary and cultural critique on issues such as gender, social mobility, and nationalism.
Animals from around the globe have gathered for a dance contest in the famous Tower Ballroom in Birmingham. Who will win? Camels dancing the conga? Flamingos dancing flamenco? Or penguins doing the polka? And what are those mischievous monkeys up to?
Ace Detective Abigail Avery is just a hard boiled gal trying to make the world a better place, one scumbag at a time. Starting with Dirty Dick, the greasy mac who lost Avery her job with the department and killed her partner to boot. On top of which, now he's snatched Avery's best gal, the enigmatic and beautiful cabaret dancer Moira Delight. It's all down to one final showdown in the rain and only one sorry sucker is walking away from this. With nothing but her wits, her gun, and the occasional help of spitfire police detective Yvette Garcia, can Avery put Dirty Dick away for good and rescue the tantalizing Moira? Or will a bum leg and bitter betrayal leave Avery eating gravel and her carmine dancer forever beyond her reach?
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