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Dance, Text and Philosophy in Gertrude Stein’s “Orta or One Dancing” and Roger Scruton’s ‘Perictione in Colophon’ Beitrag

Jarmila Mildorf

Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, Volume 69 (2020), Issue 4, Page 423 - 440

This article explores connections among dance, text and philosophy in Gertrude Stein’s “Orta or One Dancing” and contemporary English philosopher Roger Scruton’s novel ‘Perictione in Colophon’. Against the background of a phenomenology of dancing as well as semiotic and intermedial approaches, the two texts are analysed with regard to how they present dancers and dancing not just on the level of content but also through their respective discourse. It is shown that the texts offer or at least stimulate theoretical reflection on dancing and can thus be considered as participating in a long tradition of dance writing. At the same time, it is shown how the two texts use specifically ‘literary’ means of defamiliarization and storytelling to do so, thus constituting special instances of dance writing. The article argues that a new generic label, ‘literary dance writing’, might be useful to denote such borderline cases.


Figurenrede im Roman aus kognitionslinguistischer und narratologischer Perspektive am Beispiel von Jean Rhys’ Roman ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ Beitrag

Jarmila Mildorf

Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, Volume 64 (2015), Issue 4, Page 447 - 467

This paper explores two interrelated issues from both narratological and cognitive-linguistic perspectives: fictional dialogue between characters on the one hand, and communication in fictional texts more generally on the other. I apply a range of analytical approaches to a dialogic example from Jean Rhys’ novel ‘Good Morning, Midnight’, including Lieven Vandelanotte’s and Barbara Dancygier’s cognitive-linguistic frameworks and Istvan Kecskes’ Sociocognitive Approach to Pragmatics. The detailed textual analysis shows both the merits of an integrated cognitive approach as well as its problems and ultimately calls for further reflection not only on the similarities but also and especially on the differences between fictional dialogue and real-life conversation. The same point of criticism is raised as regards the application of pragmalinguistic concepts to literary communication at large.

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