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Dancing Along the Tightrope of Leisure: Puritans and Dance in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts


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Dancing Along the Tightrope of Leisure: Puritans and Dance in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts

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dc.contributor.author Packard, Rachel A.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T21:55:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T21:55:00Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-02
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20778
dc.description.abstract A more holistic view of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Massachusetts can be reached by looking at their complex relationship with leisure and its manifestation both in their dance practice and attitudes towards dance. This thesis takes a multi-disciplinary approach in bringing to light this understanding, consisting of research into a variety of fields including music, English history, Colonial American history, social dance studies, and theology. Chapter I lays out the theological and historical heritage of the Non-separatist Puritans who sailed to Massachusetts with John Winthrop in 1630. Chapter II progresses through a detailed exploration of Puritan dance examples and analyses from England and New England. Chapter III provides a thorough explication of the first argument in Increase Mather’s 1685 tract, An Arrow against Profane and Promiscuous Dancing Drawn Out of the Quiver of Scriptures. From this research the following conclusions can be drawn: the Puritans did dance, both in England and Massachusetts, and the stereotype of Puritans who condemned dance was the result of the Puritan’s complex attitudes towards leisure which they saw as an acceptable pursuit, but only when practiced in an orderly manner. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Puritan, Dance, Leisure, Mather, Massachusetts en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Puritans -- Massachusetts -- 17th Century
dc.subject.lcsh Puritans -- England -- 17th Century
dc.subject.lcsh Dance -- History -- 17th Century
dc.subject.lcsh Dance -- Social aspects -- England --History -- 17th Century
dc.subject.lcsh Leisure -- Massachusetts -- Religious aspects -- 17th Century
dc.subject.lcsh Leisure -- England -- Religious aspects -- 17th Century
dc.title Dancing Along the Tightrope of Leisure: Puritans and Dance in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Theatre and Dance en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Theater and Dance en_US
dc.description.advisor Santos Newhall, Mary Anne
dc.description.committee-member Herrera, Brian
dc.description.committee-member Avila, Elaine

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