In doing research on the Kinetic Family Drawing for my Psychological Assessment class, the world’s largest library catalog sprung this glorious surprise on me:
The Politics of Courtly Dancing in Early Modern England by Skiles Howard.
I have a multitude of thoughts on this.
- [the obvious] WHAT EVEN THE HECK. How does this relate to my search for psychological assessments? (I also got results for a book about Mickey Mantle and one about Gas Service Technology.)
- I need to inter-library loan this book and find some obscure way to incorporate it into my paper.
- This is an extremely specific tome.
- Courtly dancing does not seem to be an expansive field for research. Oh, but you are much mistaken. Sorry, then. So not only must we deal with courtly dancing, but the interpersonal intricacies found therein.
- Can this courtly dancing and its politics have occurred anywhere in the world? No, I dare say, most emphatically not. Perhaps we shall narrow our scope to the European front? Never. This is heresy you speak. Let’s pick England, then.
- Surely one book would suffice for an exhaustive history of such elite dancing wars. I can’t believe you and your simple mind. Know you nothing of the politics of courtly dancing? Apparently not. Shall we then restrict this treatise to the modern period in England? No. There is too much to say. How about the middle of said modern period? Ah, you jest. I don’t even know what’s going on anymore. What do you think of Early Modern England? All 222 pages support this final thesis of yours. And to whom am I speaking? Hello?
- What the heck I don’t even understand.
I just have to include the Amazon summary.
Scholar Skiles Howard examines the social and semiotic complexities of dance in Renaissance England as it changed over time and performed different work in court, city, and playhouse. Interdisciplinary in its approach, this well-researched study explores issues of power and the body, gender and rank, popular culture and European expansion.
Dearest scholar Skiles Howard of the University of Massachusetts, how narrow and impractical are your erudite pursuits.
However, do congratulate your parents on the brilliant first name with which they endowed you.