Belly Dance Fact & Fiction: References

Belly Dance Fact & Fiction: References

OPA Showcase Lecture/seminar, Victoria BC – presented by Lynette Harper Ph.D. November 2013

References – Books (*specific articles cited)

Belly dance around the world: New communities, performance and identity. 2013. Caitlin E. McDonald & Barbara Sellers-Young, editors. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Company.

* What is Baladi about al-Raqs al-Baladi? On the survival of belly dance in Egypt, Noha Roushdy.

* Performing identity/diasporic encounters, Lynette Harper

* 1970s Belly dance and the “How-To” phenomenon: Feminism, fitness and Orientalism, Virginia Keft-Kennedy

* Local performance/global connection: American Tribal Style and its imagined community, Teresa Cutler-Broyles

* Quintessentially English belly dance: In search of an English tradition, Siouxsie Cooper

Belly dance: Orientalism, transnationalism & harem fantasy. 2005. Anthony Shay & Barbara Sellers-Young, editors. Costa Mesa CA: Mazda Publishers.

* Introduction, Anthony Shay & Barbara Sellers-Young

* Belly dance: An urban folk genre, Najwa Adra

* Body, image, identity: American Tribal Belly dance, Barbara Sellers-Young

* Spirit from the body: Belly dance as a spiritual practice, Donnalee Dox

Belly Dance Reader. 2012. Editors of the Gilded Serpent. Fairfax CA: Gilded Serpent.

* Belly dance & contemporary dance studies, Barbara Sellers-Young

* Orientalism: Zumarrad’s completely non-scholarly quick and dirty guide, Brigid Kelly

* “Harem Girls,” dance in historical harems, early 1700’s – early 1900’s, the perpetual masquerade, Andrea Deagon

Dancing fear & desire: Race, sexuality, & imperial politics in Middle Eastern Dance. 2004. Stavros Stavrou Karayanni. Waterloo ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Gypsies and the problem of identities. 2002. Adrian Marsh & Elin Strand, editors. Istanbul: Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Transactions vol.17.

* Introduction,  Elin Strand & Adrian Marsh

* On Romany origins and identity – questions for discussion, Ian Hancock

* The current situation of the Dom in Jordan, Allen Williams

Looking for Little Egypt. 1994. Donna Carlton. Bloomington IN: IDD Books

Orientalism (25th Anniversary Edition). 1994. Edward Said. New York: Vintage Books.

Scheherezade goes West: Different cultures, different harems. 2001. Fatema Mernissi. New York: Washington Square Press.

Serpent of the Nile: Women and dance in the Arab world.  1989. New York: Interlink books.

Visibly Muslim: Fashion, politics, faith. 2010. Emma Tarlo. Oxford: Berg.

We are the Romani people. 2002. Ian Hancock. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press.

You asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & advice about Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Shaabi. 2011. Morocco (C.Varga Dinicu). Virginia Beach VA: RDI Publications.

References cited – journal & internet articles

Dancing around Orientalism. 2006. Donnalee Dox. TDR/The Drama Review, Vol.50 no.4 (Winter 2006), pp.52-71.

Feminism and belly dance. Andrea Deagon. (downloaded 18 Nov.2013)

In search of the origins of the dance. Andrea Deagon. (downloaded 18 Nov.2013)

Naked belly dance in Egypt? Part 1: Are they really belly dancing? 2009. Andrea Deagon. The Gilded Serpent, (downloaded 18 Nov.2013)

Oriental dance: Myth and reality, the harem slaves. 2002.  Jalilah Lorraine Chamas. The Gilded Serpent, (downloaded 18 Nov.2013)


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