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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Marion Kant

Dr Marion Kant
Affiliated Lecturer
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 

Pembroke College
Trumpington Street
United Kingdom


Marion Kant is a musicologist and dance historian.

Teaching interests: 

Marion Kant teaches all subjects connected to body politics, the history and aesthetics of performance – theatre, opera, dance and ballet – German-Jewish relations, the ideology of Nazism and the history of anti-fascist exile. 

Research interests: 

Marion Kant’s research is focused on the history and aesthetics of the body in modern literature, art, musical theatre, film and dance and on the history of avant-garde arts. Her publications have addressed the evolution of German physical cultures and the emergence of nationalist ideologies. She has also written on German-Jewish assimilation, emigration and anti-fascist exile.

Recent research projects: 

A project that involved the translation and annotation of the diary of a Jewish soldier in the Federal Fortress of Luxemburg in the years 1821-1823 has just been completed: “Our Fatherland is a blessed country!” Isaac Löwenstein – a Jewish Soldier in the Prussian World of the early 19th Century.

Marion Kant is presently working on the relationship between German nationalism and movement concepts in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Published works: 

Recent Publications:


The Cambridge Companion to Ballet (Editor, Cambridge: CUP 2007)

Hitler’s Dancers: German Modern Dance and the Third Reich (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2003 & 2004).


“Socialist Realism" at the Comic Opera Berlin. Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2015.

Oscar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet (Paris, 1932) and Dance Discourse in Germany. Three Letters with Annotation and a Commentary.* Dance Research, Edinburgh University Press, (33,1), 2015, pp.16-30.

"The Russians in Berlin" – Russian Movement Culture of the 1920s and 1930s. Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York. February 2015.

Project Crossings: Los Angeles as a Site of German-American Crossings. University of Southern California, Los Angeles/German Historical Institute (GHI): Essay on Anti-fascist exile on the West Coast of the United States - theatre, music, dance in exile: “For the time being a row of palm trees is nothing but a nice façade”. March 2015.

„Was bleibt“? The dance avant-garde 1930-1960. In: New German Dance Studies. Ed. Susan Manning and Lucia Ruprecht. Champaign: University of Illinois Press 2012.

The moving body and the will to culture. European Review, Cambridge University Press, 19/04 [Autumn 2011]

Death and the Maiden. Mary Wigman and the Politics of Community in the Weimar Republic. Dance and Politics, ed. by Alexandra Kolb, Otago University Press 2010.

Practical Imperative: German Dance, Dancers, and Nazi Politics. in: Dance, Human Rights and Social Justice. Dignity in Motion. Ed. by Naomi Jackson and Tony Shapiro. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press 2008. pp. 5-19.

Joseph Lewitan and the Nazification of Dance in Germany. Chapter 17 in: The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2007. pp. 663-701.

Together with musicians Marshall Taylor and Samuel Hsu she has presented concerts commemorating Entartete Musik, music forbidden by the Nazis, in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and Salzburg.