The periodical Impulse established the first link between discourses in dance and the humanities while publishing a panorama of articles on dance, culture, life and art between 1949 and 1970. Edited by renowned choreographer and educator Marian Van Tuyl (1907-1987), Impulse is now widely considered the seminal collection and synthesis of scholarship, journalism, and documentation for dance in twentieth century American culture, and has become an object of study in its own right. While selected essays from early issues of Impulse were republished in a commonly available 1969 anthology, Anthology of Impulse: Annual of Contemporary Dance, 1951-1966, hardly any complete runs of Impulse exist, and individual issues have become quite rare and are largely unavailable through the used-book market. The rarity of Impulse presented considerable barriers to dance scholarship and threatened to obscure the place of importance this publication holds in dance scholarship and appreciation. It is presented here as a service to the scholarly community.
For further information and scholarly perspectives on the content and place of Impulse in the field, we recommend you consult the comprehensive and authoritative work: Perspectives on Contemporary Dance History: Revisiting Impulse, 1950-1970. Thomas K. Hagood and Luke C. Kahlich, Editors. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2013, held by Paley Library [GV1601 .P37 2013 see http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5472526~S30] and available through Amazon.
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