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Visiting Assistant Professor of French Amanda Lee awarded the First Article Prize of the Council for European Studies

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on February 2, 2017

Amanda Lee has won the prize for her essay “The Romantic Ballet and the Nineteenth-Century Poetic Imagination.”  The essay explores how nineteenth-century French poets Théophile Gautier and Charles Baudelaire theorized dance as a poetic language and attempted to translate danced movement into written poetry.  Using ballet reviews, iconography, and literary texts, Lee analyzes the discourse surrounding two of the most famous Romantic ballets, La Sylphide and Giselle.  These ballets cast the ballerina as a dancer-poet—a liminal figure who succeeded in mediating different sign systems to create embodied poetry.  Lee examines how Baudelaire and Gautier characterized the dancer-poet as otherworldly and androgynous, and viewed her as an analog to the queer Romantic poetThe European Studies First Article prize recognizes the best first articles on European Studies, with one prize awarded to a scholar working in the humanities and another to a scholar working in the social sciences.

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