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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.
This book uncovers the mystery of getting started as a dance student or as a potential teacher. It goes step-by-step (pardon the pun), into everything about the process of signing up for lessons, surviving your first few visits, and even what to expect when it comes time for the 'big sell'. Then there's a section for those who are thinking they have what it takes to be a dance teacher. Details about getting trained, building up a student base, and even approaching the boss about going out on your own. Fantastic read! Very informative, even some humor thrown in.
In a state where corruption is an art form, political outsider and talk radio host Remy Mistral has spent his entire career fighting for reform. The opportunity for him to finally make a difference has come, and his chance to get into the Governor's mansion is here. Only two things stand in his way . . . one is a killer and the other is a woman. Remy isn't sure which of the two is more dangerous. Dorothy Morgann Merlinn's father was assassinated in front of her ten years ago while making his bid for Governor of Louisiana. She's spent the time since running his financial empire and figuring out which of his many enemies has profited the most by his death. She's come back to Louisiana to catch the real villain and get her own life back, not the one she inherited from her father. All she needs now is a candidate to back with her substantial wealth, someone who will serve as unwitting bait in a dance where a single slip can lead to death . . .
Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Pauline Baird Jones currently calls Texas home - after an 18-year sojourn in Louisiana. Pauline's been a fictional killer since the first Gulf War. "It's very cathartic," she asserts. "If someone annoys me, I just smile, then make plans to kill them in my next book."
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