ISSN: 20517068
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 1-2
Cover Date: July 2016
Katherine Mansfield and the dance of life
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Authors:  Keren Chiaroni 
DOI: 10.1386/dmas.3.1-2.11_1

Katherine Mansfield’s last years,Gurdjieff’s sacred movements,dance,cognition,movement,spirituality,philosophic revolution

This article explores the links between dance and spirituality as experienced by writer Katherine Mansfield in the last months of her life (she died in France in January 1923). Dance played a central role in Georges Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man, established at the Le Prieuré of Fontainebleau-Avon in 1922. Mansfield had been searching for some time for a new way of being-in-the-world, and the ritualized movements she observed at the Institute seemed to hold the key to her spiritual renewal. Through dance she thus discovered what philosopher Hans Jonas has called ‘the dynamic connection of all things’. Using the insights offered by Jonas and French philosophers Renaud Barbaras and Georges Didi-Huberman I wish to place Mansfield’s quest for ‘the new world within’ in the context of the ongoing human quest for authenticity and mind/body unity.
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