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New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, by Jennifer Atkins

By Jennifer Atkins

As Jennifer Atkins indicates in New Orleans Carnival Balls, Mardi Gras has a mystery part. After protecting and parading throughout the streets, krewes retreat to theaters, conference facilities, and dinner party halls to spend the night at lavish balls the place krewe individuals may domesticate their experience of fraternity and have fun their shared values. Atkins makes use of the concept that of dance as a lens for reading Carnival, permitting her to delve deeper into the historic context and particular rituals of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Dancing is a very illuminating social perform, and through the use of it to probe into old-line festivities, Atkins is ready to decode the mysterious rituals that experience generally remained mystery. past featuring readers with a brand new technique of puzzling over Mardi Gras, Atkins’s paintings situates dance as culturally and socially correct to historic inquiry, contributing to our realizing of the usefulness of dance in reading the past.

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