Dance Bibliography

So far, I have done lamentably little on this page.  If I cited it in a published work, it's likely to be here, but if not, it isn't -- this is nothing like comprehensive.  I hope to make it more so in the near future, but time is always short ...

Here are the Tables of Contents for Habibi vol. 12.1-17.3.

General Works Ancient History 20th Century Western Dance
Salome Middle Eastern Dance  



General Works

Al-Rawi, Rosina-Fawzia.  Grandmother’s Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing.  Trans. Monique Arav.  New York: Interlink Books,  1999.  (First German edition 1996.)  Full of lamentable dreck about dance history, but also containting some nice insights about the role of dance among Eastern women.

Buonaventura, Wendy.  Serpent of the Nile: Women and Dance in the Arab World.  New York: Interlink Books, 1990. 

Mishkin, Julie Russo, and Marta Schill. The Compleat Belly Dancer.  Garden City, New York:  Doubleday and Company Inc., 1973.  My first belly dance resource as a baby dancer.  I tried to look just like the pictures.  Still a classic.

Mourat, Elizabeth Artemis.  The Illusive Veil III.E: The Dance of the Seven Veils.  Jareeda  (August 1996) 12-14.  Artemis published a series of articles on the veil in Jareeda; they are also available from her as a complete manuscript.

Stewart, Iris J.  Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance: Awakening Spirituality through Movement and Ritual.  Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2000.

Walker, Barbara G.  The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets.  San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1983.  I put this here only to tell you, don't believe a thing it says.  Much of it is made up or cobbled together full of inaccuracies, which does women no service in the long run.

Wilson, Serena and Alan Wilson.  The Serena Technique of Belly Dancing.  New York: Pocket Books, 1973.


20th Century Western Dance

Allan, Maud.  My Life and Dancing.  London: Everett & Co., 1908.

Cherniavsky, Felix. The Salome Dancer: The Life and Times of Maud Allan.  Toronto: M & S, 1991.

 De Cossart, Michael.  Ida Rubinstein: A Theatrical Life.  Liverpool University Press, 1987.

Desmond, Jane.  Dancing out the Difference: Cultural Imperialism and Ruth St. Denis’s “Radha” of 1906.  Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 17.1 (Autumn 1991) 28-49.

Kendall, Elizabeth.  Where She Danced: The Birth of American Art-Dance.  University of California Press, 1979.

Koritz, Amy.  Gendering Bodies/Performing Art: Dance and Literature in Early Twentieth-century Culture.  University of Michigan Press, 1995.   



Bizot, Richard.  The Turn-of-the-Century Salome Era: High- and Pop-Culture Variations on the Dance of the Seven Veils.  Choreography and Dance 2.3 (1992), 71-87.

Dijkstra, Bram.  Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin de Siècle Culture.  Oxford University Press, 1986.

Donohue, Joseph.  Distance, Death and Desire in Salome.  In Peter Raby, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde.  Cambridge University Press, 1997, 118-142.

Ellis, Sylvia C.  The plays of W. B. Yeats: Yeats and the Dancer.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Flaubert, Gustave.  Three Tales.  Robert Baldick, trans.  Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1961 [1877].

Gilbert, Elliot L.  “Tumult of Images”: Wilde, Beardsley, and Salome.  Victorian Studies 26.2  (Winter 1983) 133-59.

Hart-Davis, Rupert, ed.  The Letters of Oscar Wilde.  New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1962. 

Hospodar de Kornitz, Blaise.  Salome: Virgin or Prostitute?  New York: Pageant Press, 1953.

Huysmans, J. K.  Against the Grain (A Rebours).  New York: Dover, 1969.

Joost, Nicholas, and Franklin E. Court.  Salomé, the Moon and Oscar Wilde’s Aesthetics: A Reading of the Play.”  Papers in Language and Literature 8 (1972) 96-111.

Showalter, Elaine.  Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siècle.  New York: Viking, 1990.

Studlar, Gaylyn.  Out-Salomeing Salome.  Michigan Quarterly Review 34 (1995)  487-510.

 Tydeman, William, and Steven Price.  Wilde/Salome.  Cambridge University Press, 1996. 

Wilde, Oscar.  Salome.  In The Works of Oscar Wilde.  New York: Lamb Publishing, 1909.

Worth, Katharine.  Oscar Wilde.  New York: Grove Press, 1983.

Zagona, Helen Grace.  The Legend of Salome and the Principle of Art for Art’s Sake.  Geneve: Droz, 1960. 


Ancient History

Frymer-Kensky, Tivka.  In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth.  New York: The Free Press, 1992.  Astute comments about Inanna, among other good things.

Wolkstein, Diane, and Samuel Noah Kramer.  Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth.  New York: Harper & Row, 1983.  Nothing to do with dance, but everyone should read the Inanna myths.