The Eloquent Body

The Eloquent Body

Dance and Humanist Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy
Jennifer Nevile
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/12/2004
Format: Hardback 18 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34453-3
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This book adds an entirely new dimension to the consideration of Humanism and Italian culture. It will make a welcome addition to the field of cultural studies by broadening the subject to consider an important source of information that has been previously overlooked." —Timothy McGee

The Eloquent Body offers a history and analysis of court dancing during the Renaissance, within the context of Italian Humanism. Each chapter addresses different philosophical, social, or intellectual aspects of dance during the 15th century. Some topics include issues of economic class, education, and power; relating dance treatises to the ideals of Humanism and the meaning of the arts; ideas of the body as they relate to elegance, nobility, and ethics; the intellectual history of dance based on contemporaneous readings of Pythagoras and Plato; and a comparison of geometric dance structures to geometric order in Humanist architecture.

Author Bio

Jennifer Nevile has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of New South Wales. She has published many articles in early music, history, and dance journals, including Early Music and Renaissance Quarterly. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Music and Music Education at UNSW.


“. . . the presence of this publication . . . will spur the kind of additional research that will help to fill in the picture.”
 — Timothy J. McGee, Trent University

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Table of Contents

Manuscript Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Dance and Society
Chapter 2: The Dance Treatises and Humanist Ideals
Chapter 3: Eloquent Movement - Eloquent Prose
Chapter 4: Dance and the Intellect
Chapter 5: Order and Virtue
Appendix 1: Transcription and translation of Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Magl. VII 1121 f. 63r-69v by Giovanni Carsaniga
Appendix 2: The use of mensuration signs as proportion signs in the dance treatises
Appendix 3: Floor track and music of Anello, La ingrata, Pizochara and Verçeppe