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Christian Janssens

Cet ouvrage porte sur le cas concret de Maurice Maeterlinck comme auteur adapté à l’époque du cinéma muet. Inspiré de la théorie de Pierre Bourdieu, il propose de renouveler la problématique de l’adaptation cinématographique en prenant pour point de départ l’auteur agissant dans plusieurs champs et étant agi par ceux-ci.

Dans les années dix et vingt, Maeterlinck occupe des positions contrastées : consacré en littérature, peu ou pas reconnu au cinéma. Cet écart suscite un triple questionnement, sur l’entrée de l’auteur dans le champ cinématographique, sur les stratégies qu’il transpose d’un domaine à l’autre, enfin sur l’ajustement des stratégies aux états successifs du cinéma. Centré sur le contexte de production des œuvres, l’ouvrage ne néglige pas leur dimension esthétique. Il met en évidence des sources premières rarement sollicitées : les films Monna Vanna (Ambrosio, 1914–1916), Pelléas et Mélisande (Éclair, 1915) et The Blue Bird (Paramount, 1918). L’analyse esthétique révèle la manière dont le cinéma reprend des éléments théâtraux et se les réapproprie, ou encore dans quelle mesure les œuvres adaptées oscillent entre les différents pôles de production et se stabilisent dans la zone de grande production de qualité.

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Johnny Reinhard

Bach and Tuning is strictly concerned with the identification of a historically accurate tuning paradigm that applies to the great majority of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. Once Bach has his personal tuning aesthetic acknowledged, a new dimension of meaning is invoked in performance through the intended interplay of diverse musical intervals. This new narrative lays bare Bach’s mental calculations regarding his idealized intonation. Bach, the true chromatic composer of the Baroque, was the scion of a great music family. Likewise, Andreas Werckmeister was the bright star in a neighboring musical family, only a generation earlier. Bach and Tuning connects the valuable tuning contribution made by Werckmeister to Bach’s musical masterpieces.

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A River Rather Than a Road

The Community Choir as Spiritual Experience

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Sarah Morgan and June Boyce-Tillman

This book is an auto-ethnographic account of the development of a charismatic community choir leader. It brings together management literature and a survey of the community choir scene with the development of community choir leadership. It provides a useful introduction to the sustaining of community choirs, including the use of English folksong
material in this context. Some useful arrangements of folk songs are included. Community singing events are described with helpful advice on setting up and managing these. It presents a useful model of the range of skills necessary for aspiring community choir leaders. This is linked with the formation of a community that contains spiritual elements; this is theorized in relation to the role of the parish church in communal singing. It also discusses the two aesthetics of choral singing and the relationship between oral and literate traditions. The book arises from the engagement of the University of Winchester in partnership with the local community, which is theorized.
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The Icon Debate

Religious Images in Russia in the 15th and 16th Centuries

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Aleksandra Sulikowska

The book explores the subject of Russian icons and their changes as well as the discussion on art that unfolded in Russia in the 15th and 16th centuries. Taking the representation of the Old Testament Trinity, attributed to Andrei Rublev, as its point of departure, it discusses and analyses the key issues of the iconography of the Holy Trinity and the process of the emergence and the dissemination of the imagery of God the Father and the New Testament Trinity in Russia. These issues are framed in the context of the debate that took place at the time within the Muscovite Orthodoxy, which concerned heresy, the relations with other denominations, the identity of the Russian Orthodox Church and the place of the icons in the existing canon.

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Être et avoir un corps

Corps quotidien, corps scénique

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Nadia Foisil

Cette recherche théorico-empirique désarticule le corps et l’étudie dans ses dimensions anthropologique, anatomophysiologique, neuroscientifique, scénique. Le jeu est dans la comédie sociale et le comédien le transporte sur la scène. Les rôles dépendent de la structure de la société, de la place de l’acteur et de son individualité. Ils évoluent selon des facteurs extérieurs et intérieurs à l’humain. Certains acteurs s’approprient plus facilement leur rôle que d’autres, épousent gestuelle et discours de chaque classe, abandonnent un costume pour en revêtir un autre. Le théâtre est le domaine qui érige ce jeu des rôles en profession. Dès lors, l’interrogation sur la latitude du comédien à jouer requiert une contextualisation et appelle la question de l’inné et de l’acquis. L’humain joue-t-il d’emblée ou apprend-il à jouer ? Dans quelle mesure le corps est-il un instrument expressif théâtral et social?

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Motion Pictures

Travel Ideals in Film

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Gemma Blackwood and Andrew McGregor

This volume examines representations and explorations of travel ideals in contemporary international cinema. It assembles work from a diverse range of academic fields including anthropology, sociology, ethnography, cinema, culture, tourism, communication and language studies, with contributions from international experts such as Mary Louise Pratt of New York University, whose work on ‘contact zones’ continues to provide the framework for scholarship on travel writing around the world. The volume explores the link between filmed spaces and real locations, with one of the fundamental dynamics being the investigation of filmmaking itself, and in particular the notion that cultural authenticity may be sought and found by filming ‘on location’. Also examined are the notions of fantasy and exoticism that arise through an idealisation of the locations themselves and their transformational impact on the protagonists who travel there. Such is the impact of motion pictures on contemporary culture that these travel ideals in film will inevitably influence our understanding of cities, regions, nations and cultures; indeed, the world around us and our role in it.
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Monica Kang

The book explores cellular pivots as a new means of progression, functional tonality having disappeared in much of contemporary music. Béla Bartók can be seen as a kind of father figure to the other two composers, Chen Yi and George Crumb, in terms of their stylistic, technical, and even philosophical connections. The musical affinities of all three composers reflect a larger body of post-tonal music. Cell constructions and their pivotal motions span the gamut from traditional/asymmetrical to more abstract/symmetrical formations. This study provides insight into universal principles of the post-tonal era and reveals a broader evolution of the musical language as represented by the three composers.
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Silvia Richter and Maude Williams

Obwohl dem Begriff des Transfers, insbesondere des Kulturtransfers, in der Forschung heute große Aufmerksamkeit zukommt, findet im Gegenteil derjenige des Austauschs weit weniger Beachtung. Dennoch ist das Phänomen des «Austauschs» allgegenwärtig in den Arbeiten der Geisteswissenschaften.

In vielen Bereichen der Geisteswissenschaften erweist sich dieser Begriff als nützlich, um Transformationsprozesse, von der Moderne bis heute, zu analysieren. Durch Beispiele aus Geschichte, Philosophie, vergleichender Literaturwissenschaft, Linguistik sowie zeitgenössischer Kunst hinterfragen die in diesem Band versammelten Autoren den Begriff des Austauschs, seine Art, Formen und Wirkungen. Bei der Vielfalt der Austauschsformen konzentrieren sich die Autoren insbesondere auf deren Charakteristika und Besonderheiten, um die Grundlagen für eine tragfähige Definition des Austauschs zu legen.

Bien que la notion de transfert, notamment de « transfert culturel » (Kulturtransfer) soit aujourd’hui bien étudiée, celle de l’échange au contraire est quelque peu délaissée par la recherche. Le phénomène de « l’échange » est pourtant omniprésent dans l’étude des sciences humaines. Dans beaucoup de domaines scientifiques, cette notion s’avère utile afin d’analyser des processus de transformation de l’époque moderne à nos jours.

À travers l’histoire, la philosophie, la littérature comparée, la linguistique et l’art contemporain, les auteurs de cet ouvrage s’interrogent sur la notion d’échange, sa nature, ses formes et ses effets. Parmi la diversité des formes d’échange, les réflexions des auteurs se focalisent notamment sur ses caractéristiques, ses spécificités, afin de poser les jalons d’une définition viable de ce qu’est l’échange.

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The Kinetics of the Invisible

Acting Processes in Peter Brook's Theatre

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Matteo Bonfitto

What’s the role played by the invisible in our lives? At what level can it be perceived when explored in theatre-making? Having as its focus the acting processes carried out by Peter Brook and his actors, this book examines many aspects of their practical work – from actor training seen as "poiesis" to the production of the "present moment" – and in doing so, it tries to recognize the nuances and subtle qualities generated by the invisible produced by them. However, the core of this investigation is that of trying to capture the invisible not as a vague sensation but in its dynamic and powerful manifestation.

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From Modernism to Postmodernism

Between Universal and Local

Gregor Pompe, Katarina Bogunović Hočevar and Nejc Sukljan

The book explores two radical changes of cultural and social paradigm that determined the World after 1945 – Modernism and Postmodernism. From the cataclysmic atmosphere emerged the second wave of Modernism. In art this attitude was manifested in the form of a radical break with the aesthetic and stylistic characteristics of prior generations. In architecture the International Style was born, meanwhile similar «universality» was also a characteristic of musical serialism.

From the beginning of the 1970s the wheels again began to turn in the other direction. The powerful destructive will of modernism increasingly waivered, and the period after modernism – postmodernism – began. The book answers questions related to the reasons for these turnarounds, their consequences and their implications.