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Performing Irishness

Irish Drama on the Galician Stage

Elisa Serra Porteiro

This book analyses the presence and impact of Irish drama in Galicia, a minorised cultural context where Ireland has historically been viewed as a recognisable, often inspirational, «other». Through interviews with theatre practitioners and the examination of key documents relating to the performances, this study traces the plays chosen for translation and the factors that determined their path from one culture to the other. Its historical perspective is complemented by the compilation of a wealth of unpublished materials, such as actors’ scripts, uncovered through extensive archival research. Through her exploration of the ways in which translation decisions interweave with theatre practice, the author reveals context and on-the-spot decisions as crucial elements in the adaptation and production of the plays. The voices behind the scenes provide us with a viewpoint that goes beyond the texts to generate a panoramic picture of how Irish drama has travelled not only to Galicia but also to – and through – other Iberian stages.

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Alicja Usarek-Topper

The genesis and genius of Bartók’s Concerto was mingled with his love for Stefi Geyer. As Hungarian Tristan pursuing his Isolde, he sounds allusions to Wagner’s paean of unfulfilled love. In transposing the ideal into the real, Bartók enlists folk sources voicing pristine truths of peasants. While biography and Tristan allusions supply the keys to Stefi’s Concerto, the Tristan grief motif serves as bridge from idealized romance to the pentatonic simplicity of peasant realism. In these tensions private love and public life, and esoteric romance and raw worldliness are provoked and reconciled. The rise and fall of living romance and its musical mirroring against peasant scales and rhythms is background to "Tristan" ruling a score that incites and resolves the clash of two conflicting worlds

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'Otherness’ in Space and Architecture

Jews, Muslims and Christians in Western European Art (1200-1650)

Maria Portmann

This conference proceeding (Sessions on "Otherness in Space and Architecture", International Medieval Conference, Leeds, 2017 and 2018) is a compilation of articles written by both young and senior scholars, who are working on the question of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ in Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures. The articles examine how material, ‘oriental’ objects and knowledge originating in non-Western communities helped building and strengthening the identity of Iberia’s, southern France and northern Italian nobility and its lineages. It is shown how, in the perception of Christians, the public image of Jews and Moslems became constructed as that of adversaries, while their cultural knowledge, at the same time, would be integrated into Christian culture in a paradox manner, in which the ‘self’ necessarily depends on the ‘other’ and how visual tensions in art and space have been used as symbols of power.

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Stefi Geyer

Materialien zur ihrer Biographie

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Edited by Helga Varadi and Dominik Sackmann

Stefi Geyer (1888–1956), die aus Ungarn stammende Violinistin, lebte von 1920 bis zu ihrem Tod in Zürich. Béla Bartók, Othmar Schoeck und Willy Burkhard schrieben für sie Violinkonzerte. Zum ersten Mal wird ihre gesamte Lebensgeschichte, soweit sich diese rekonstruieren liess, nacherzählt, ergänzt um Fotografien und eine Liste sämtlicher Konzerte unter ihrer Mitwirkung. Ein gesondertes Kapitel ist der künstlerischen Beziehung zwischen Béla Bartók und Stefi Geyer gewidmet.
Der Band enthält in deutscher Übersetzung erstmals den gesamten Briefwechsel zwischen Stefi Geyer und Béla Bartók sowie Stefi Geyers Korrespondenz mit der Familie ihres Cousins mütterlicherseits.
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Edited by Stefanie Acquavella-Rauch and Birger Petersen

Komponieren – im Sinne eines Entwerfens und Entwickelns von Musik als Schreibvorgang und gedanklicher Prozess – ist direkt verbunden mit einem jeweils spezifischen neuzeitlichen Künstlerbild und Kunstbegriff. Dieser Band hat zum Ziel, die musikalische Skizzenforschung aus der unmittelbaren Verbindung zur philologischen Erschließung von Werkgenesen zu lösen und in den größeren Kontext einer Schreib- und Kreativitätsforschung zu stellen. Bezogen auf die drei Schwerpunkte Schriftbildlichkeit, Rekonstruktion des musikalischen Denkens und interdisziplinärer Methodendiskurs werden neue Ansätze für die Musik des langen 19. Jahrhunderts diskutiert. Übergeordnet soll der Band dazu beitragen, das Studium der Skizzen als eine als Problemgeschichte des Komponierens zu definierenden Kulturgeschichte musikalischen Schaffens formulieren zu können.

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Edited by Ludger Scherer

Märchenfilme haben weltweit Konjunktur, sie weisen aber diesseits und jenseits des Atlantiks auch deutliche Unterschiede auf. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes untersuchen interkulturelle und intermediale Differenzen und Interferenzen in zeitgenössischen Märchenfilmen und -serien aus Amerika und Europa. Dabei gerät das Modell Disney als kritisch zu reflektierende Referenzgröße und Ausgangspunkt einer internationalen Disneyfizierung des Films in den Fokus. Exemplarische Analysen, theoretische Überlegungen zum Genre und transatlantische Reflexionen vermitteln vielfältige Einblicke in das aktuelle Kulturphänomen Märchenfilm.

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Documentary in Wales

Cultures and Practices

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Edited by Dafydd Sills-Jones and Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones

Documentary, in a small, bilingual nation such as Wales, experiences many of the same challenges that it faces across the world. As the costs of professional documentary production lessen, and the potentialities of internet distribution loosen the grip of its traditional tele-cinematic gatekeepers, documentary production communities face both the potential of new distribution avenues and severe professional precarity.

In Wales, the dynamics of this transformation unfolds according to a specific historical, political and cultural situation. With funding, regulatory frameworks, audience taste, viewing figures, and contractual territories all mostly emanating or controlled from across the border in England, at times it is difficult to identify texts that can and can’t be claimed as «Welsh». But then again, contingency and struggle have always been fundamental aspects of Welsh cultural identity.

What emerges is not so much the documentary culture of a small nation, but a documentary culture that is still struggling to come to terms with itself, giving Welsh documentary a character defined by a specific set of features: the political and cultural interplay of two languages, a continuation of older British public service broadcasting traditions, the acceptance of the marginal, the close interconnectedness of key players and the often paralysing effect of underfunding.

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The Return Beat - Interfacing With Our Interface

A Spiritual Approach to the Golden Triangle

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Olugbenga Olusola Elijah Taiwo

This book represents a significant contribution to debates about identity, the arts and spirituality. Written in an autoethnographic style, the author charts his own journey into understanding the interface between himself, culture and digital technology. He charts a course through West African orate and literate traditions and their relationship to the transatlantic trade of enslaved Africans, describing how they became a source of so many dance traditions in Europe and the Americas, such as capoeira, Afro Brazilian and Cuban movement, Hip Hop and Samba. He enters into a detailed analysis of Western linear time and the African curved time; the flux of the Return Beat. He sets out a description of the Yoruba religion of the Orishas; centred around the figure of Olodumare and the concept of Ashe, the animating force of the natural world. As a practitioner of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, he draws comparisons with Chinese spiritual practice and other philosophical traditions, always linking these with the movement of the body both as generative forces and reflective frames. He constructs the framework of the Return Beat, physical journal and mobile studio practice from an understanding of many intercultural, conceptual and performative practices, embodied over his career as a performer.

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Décor et architecture (XVIe–XVIIIe siècle)

Entre union et séparation des arts

Edited by Matthieu Lett, Carl Magnusson and Léonie Marquaille

Dans les arts visuels de la période moderne, décor et architecture ne sont pas appréhendés séparément mais se complètent, voire se recoupent. L’ambition de ce recueil consiste, par des études inédites, à interroger les liens qu’entretiennent ces deux champs dans l’Europe des XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. La perspective adoptée est large : les contributions abordent tant les productions princières que privées ou ecclésiastiques, dans de nombreuses zones géographiques. La variété des approches méthodologiques et l’abondance des sources historiques permettent de mieux cerner les rapports entre théories et pratiques, hors de tout système prédéfini, et d’explorer les prérogatives des nombreux acteurs impliqués dans l’élaboration et la conduite d’un chantier.

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Raggedy Men

Masculinity in the Mad Max Films

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Ezekiel Crago

This book investigates anxieties over the role of white masculinity in American society after World War Two articulated in post-apocalyptic film. Using an interdisciplinary approach that employs methods of cultural studies, gender studies, and critical race theory, it argues that masculinity acts as a technology for being-in-the-world that can be used by subjects with bodies coded male or female, employing it as a vehicle for agency. The Mad Max films denaturalize white masculinity by revealing the ways in which it defines the roles of men in a violent hypermasculine masquerade that harms everyone. The films trace Max’s disenfranchisement as he embraces a fugitive masculinity, fleeing social relation and responsibility, finding human connection once more in Miller’s most recent addition to the franchise. This work is useful for anyone teaching masculinity studies as well as those whom wish to better understand the phenomenon of angry white manhood and why masculinity often assumes a life-or-death apocalyptic position in postmodern America.