Dr Jennifer Nevile

Honorary Senior Lecturer
BA Hons. Syd, PhD UNSW
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 6806
Room G19D, Ground Level, Robert Webster

Research

Dr Nevile's research interests centre on Italian, English and French dance and music from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries. As well as choreographic analysis of individual works and genres, her research focuses on the investigation of the social and cultural context of the dance practices and their relationship to other comtemporary artistic practices and intellectual movements.  For example, her monograph, The Eloquent Body: Dance and Humanist Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy (2004) explores dance as a physical expression of Renaissance humanism. The inter-relationships between the different artistic practices also comes to the fore in the collection of essays on dance, music and theatre from 1250 to 1750, which she edited in 2008 (Dance, Spectacle and the Body Politick, 1250-1750). Other questions investigated in over two dozen journal articles and book chapters include written modes of dance transmission, the connection between dance and identity, performance practice issues, choreographic meaning, the relationship between Italian quattrocento dance and music, and the design principles of early modern choreographies and European grand gardens.

Publications

    Books

    • Nevile J, (ed.), 2008, Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis
    • Nevile J, 2004, The eloquent body: Dance and humanist culture in fifteenth-century Italy

    Book Chapters

    • Nevile JR, 2017, 'Performer-Audience Relationships in Fifteenth-and-Sixteenth-Century Danced Spectacles', in Butterworth P; Normington K (ed.), Medieval Theatre Performance: Actors, Dancers, Automata and Their Audiences, Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge, Suffolk, pp. 123 - 140
    • Nevile J, 2015, 'Musik, Tanz und Theater', in Die Musik in der Kultur der Renaissance. Kontexte, Disziplinen, Diskurse, edn. Handbuch der Musik der Renaissance, Laaber Verlag, Germany, pp. 337 - 361
    • Nevile J, 2013, 'Dance', in King M (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies. Renaissance and Reformation, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780195399301-0075
    • Nevile J, 2011, 'Dance and Identity in Fifteenth-Century Europe', in Buckley A; Cyrus CJ (ed.), Music, Dance, and Society. Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Memory of Ingrid G. Brainard, edn. Original, Medieval Institute Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, pp. 231 - 248
    • Nevile J, 2009, 'A Measure of Moral Virtue: Women, Dancing and Public Performance in Fifteenth-Century Italy', in Epp M; Power BE (ed.), The Sounds and Sights of Performance in Early Music. Essays in Honour of Timothy J. McGee, edn. Original, Ashgate, Farnham, UK, pp. 197 - 209
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Dance Performances in the Middle Ages: A Contested Space', in Gertsman E (ed.), Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts, edn. Original, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 295 - 310
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'The Relationship between Dance and Music in Fifteenth-Century Italian Dance Practice', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 155 - 165
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Dance and Society in Quattrocento Italy', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 80 - 92
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Dance in Europe 1250 - 1750', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 7 - 64
    • Nevile J, 2008, 'Order, Proportion, and Geometric Forms: The Cosmic Structure of Dance, Grand Gardens, and Architecture during the Renaissance', in Nevile J (ed.), Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250 - 1750, edn. 1, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, pp. 295 - 311
    • Nevile J, 2007, 'The early dance manuals and the structure of ballet: A basis for Italian, French and English ballet', in The Cambridge Companion to Ballet, pp. 7 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CCOL9780521832212.003
    • Nevile J, 2007, 'Dance and Time in Fifteenth- Century Italy', in Lloyd Jones J (ed.), Art and Time, edn. Original, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 299 - 313
    • Nevile J, 2007, 'The early dance manuals and the structure of ballet: a basis for Italian, French and English ballet', in Kant M (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ballet, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, USA, pp. 9 - 18
    • Nevile J, 2003, 'Disorder in order: Imrpovisation in Italian Coreographed Dances of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries', in McGee TJ (ed.), Improvisation in the Arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, edn. 1, Medieval Institute Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, pp. 145 - 169

    Journal articles

    Other

Other information

At the end of 1999 Dr Nevile produced a twenty-five minute video, The Amiable Conqueror: Dancing at the Courts of Europe , that showcased several sixteenth-century dances and four baroque choreographies. (A copy is located in the Social Sciences and Humanities Library).