Nineteenth-century concepts of kinaesthesia influenced the evolution of Edmund Husserl's work, truly transforming the discipline of philosophy and setting an agenda for poststructuralism. In this piece, Noland argues that a sense category central to dance impacted what we now call "critical theory," as though the dancing body ghosted a discourse that has typically ignored it.
Carrie Noland is the author of Poetry at Stake: Lyric Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology (Princeton, 1999), Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture (Harvard, 2009), and Voices of Negritude in Modernist Print (Columbia, 2015), as well as numerous articles on twentieth-century art. Collaborative interdisciplinary projects include Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement (Palgrave), co-edited with the Language poet Barrett Watten, and Migrations of Gesture (Minnesota), co-edited with anthropologist Sally Ann Ness. The University of Chicago Press published her most recent book, Merce Cunningham: After the Arbitrary. She teaches French and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.
Merce Cunningham, After the Arbitrary
University of Chicago Press | 2020