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A Critical Reading of the Female Body, Sexuality, Social Differences Represented in Dance Movies - Focusing on Dirty Dancing , Step Up 2: The Streets , Black Swan -

Kim Sue In 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study undertakes a critical reading of three dance movies Dirty Dancing (1987), Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Black Swan (2010). By applying a lens of critical theory, cultural studies, and feminist theories as expressed in writings by Roland Barthes(1957), Laura Mulvey(1975), Richard Leppert(2000), Sherill Dodds(2001), and others, this investigation questions how dance movies represent dancing body, sexuality, and social differences, which reflect, construct, and distribute various kinds of myth about dance and the body. First, dancing bodies in the movies show a typical formula of popular screen, which display dancing bodies, female bodies in particular, to be looked at, controled, tamed, and consumed. Second, the movies reproduce a time-old myth of a close relationship between dance and sexuality, both of which reciprocally feed each other. Third, the movies represent dance as a utopian site where social differences such as class, race, and gender are easily resolved or a transcendental site over differences. In conclusion, the dance movies embed cultural meanings and relationships, which reproduce myths of dancing body, sexuality, and social difference.

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