Honors Program

Honors in English, Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Dr. Michael Cody

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Dr. Scott Contreras-Koterbay, Cara Harker


Movement and storytelling are the links between past and present; both dance and literature have the same artistic and primal origins. We began to dance to express and communicate, to worship and feel. We tell stories for the same reasons: to learn from the past and to be able to communicate in the present.

This work explores the many connections between literature and dance through examinations of six dance forms: Native American, Bharatanatyam, West African, Ballet, Modern, and Post-Modern dance.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

Creative Commons License

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