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Youssou Ndour

A Cultural Icon and Leader in Social Advocacy

Mamarame Seck

This book is about Senegalese Pop star Youssou Ndour, also known as the king of mbalax music. The word mbalax was the name given to a specific drumming beat. Today, it is used to name a musical genre played by Wolof and Serer percussionists to entertain people at almost every family event such as naming and wedding ceremonies, storytelling, dances, and others, generally held by Senegalese women. Almost all social and family events are, or can be, musicalized in Senegal: there is music for every social gathering and mbalax is the music genre that most often accompanies such events. Mbalax music groups mix sabar instruments, which include the cóol, làmb, ndënd, mbëŋ-mbëŋ, ndeer, tuŋune, and tama, also known as "talking drum," with modern elements such as electric and bass guitars, trumpets and keyboards.

Ndour has substantially contributed to the popularity of mbalax music throughout the world. The book retraces the artist’s early career and life-changing events and encounters, song repertoire themes and hits, conquest of the international scene and years of glory and international recognition, interests in media and television businesses, activism and political engagement of one among the one hundred most influential personalities of the world, according to Time magazine in 2007. The author analyzes Ndour’s philosophical stance, religious beliefs, and wisdom through analysis of his rich song repertoire.

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Edited by Massimo Fusillo and Marina Grishakova

Conceived by Wagner as a way to recover the synthesis of arts at the core of Greek tragedy, the Gesamtkunstwerk played a significant role in post-Romantic and avant-garde aesthetics. It was designed to regenerate and defend the public function of art against mass culture and technology, yet at the same time depended on them in an ambivalent relationship manifested by its various realizations. The book reconceives the "total work of art" as a variation of intermediality, a practice that subverts any essentialist vision of artistic languages through complex interplay and blending of perceptions, amplified by new media and the syncretic nature of the cyberspace. The Gesamtkunstwerk can no longer be considered a Hegelian synthesis of arts or a Romantic and Wagnerian fusion of languages: it involves a synergy of different arts and media and captures the digital age’s principle of open textuality without any hierarchy and any organicist connotations. This book reveals the vitality of modern and contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk by mapping its presence in various arts and media.

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The Art of Listening

Conversations with Cellists

Anthony Arnone

In The Art of Listening, Anthony Arnone interviews 13 of the top cello teachers of our time, sharing valuable insights about performing, teaching, music, and life. While almost every other aspect of twenty-first-century life has been changed by technological advancements, the art of playing and teaching the cello has largely remained the same. Our instruments are still made exactly the same way and much of what we learn is passed on by demonstration and word of mouth from generation to generation. We are as much historians of music as we are teachers of the instrument. 

The teaching lineage in the classical music world has formed a family tree of sorts with a select number of iconic names at the top of the tree, such as Pablo Casals, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Leonard Rose. A large percentage of professional cellists working today studied with these giants of the cello world, or with their students. In addition to discussing the impact of these masters and their personal experience as their students, the renowned cellists interviewed in this book touch on a variety of topics from teaching philosophies to how technology has changed classical music.

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Wachsender Fels

Der Vierströme- und der Trevibrunnen sowie die Fassade des Palazzo di Montecitorio – drei Werke des römischen Barock im Lichte der geologischen Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Volker Hoffmann

An den hier behandelten barocken Kunstwerken treten bizarre Steinwucherungen auf, deren raison d’être die Kunstwissenschaft kaum interessiert hat. Die zeitgenössischen geologischen Schriften stimmen darin überein, in den Steinen  belebte, wachsende und vergehende Wesen zu sehen. Die Überschneidung dieser Vorstellungen mit den konkreten Felswucherungen an  jenen Kunstwerken nötigt den Autor, ihre gesamte Ikonologie neu zu durchdenken. Seine  Erkenntnisse lassen sich in diese Kernthesen fassen: Vierströmebrunnen: Die Erschütterung der Welt und ihre Beruhigung unter der Herrschaft Papst Innozenz‘ X. Palazzo di Montecitorio: Das  aristotelische ‹Werden und Vergehen›. Trevibrunnen: Das Wiedererwachen des Lebens nach der ‹Großen Flut›.
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A Splendid Adventure

Australian Suffrage Theatre on the World Stage

Susan Bradley Smith

Australia led the world in the achievement of woman’s suffrage and the nation’s cultural history reflects this ambitious and progressive atmosphere. The impressive achievements of suffrage feminists in Australian theatre, however, are an untold story, as is their contribution to the development of international women’s theatre of the time. A Splendid Adventure brings these experiences and experiments to light through a group biography exploring the theatrical careers of Katharine Susannah Prichard, Stella Miles Franklin, and Inez Isabel Bensusan. Chosen because of their expatriate involvement in the women’s movement, their international profile as enfranchised Australian women, and their exceptional contribution to both the development of Australian drama and international feminist theatre, these women embody the energies and passions of Australian suffrage playwrights. The biographies of these major figures are accompanied by the dramatic stories of the New Women playwrights, the theatrical endeavours of women university students, and a consideration of international feminist theatre on tour in Australia, including the work of migrant suffragette Adela Pankhurst. The volume also includes the full text of a play by each playwright. Australian suffrage playwrights emerge from this study as exceptional feminists, expatriates, and theatre workers, whose «splendid adventures» have considerable implications for international women’s theatre, feminist dramatic criticism, and Australian theatre historiography.
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Women Making Art

Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts Since 1960, Second Edition

Edited by Deborah J. Johnson and Wendy Oliver

This important interdisciplinary book is a unique and timely contribution to the field of women in the arts. Each chapter is devoted to a single artist and a single ground-breaking work that altered the course of its art form in a full array of genres, including dance, music, installation, photography, architecture, poetry, literature, theater, film, performance art, and popular culture. These discussions are preceded by a comprehensive introduction to art by women over the past century that sets the artists who follow in a context that insightfully illuminates their struggles, their achievements, and their places in history at a critical moment in the contemporary world.

In this second edition, the authors have made a significant update with six new chapters, new photos, and a revised introduction. The new chapters take as their subjects the contributions of Yoko Ono, Crystal Pite, Caroline Shaw, Beyoncé, Kara Walker, and Diane Paulus. Each of the new chapters represents an artist or a category of art that has grown in prominence or engaged a significant redefinition in the contemporary world that was not addressed in the original edition of the book. Updating this material re-establishes the book’s priority and relevance, especially in its expansion of representation of artists of color and artists in popular culture, and reinforces its appeal not only as a popular read, but as a classroom textbook or resource at the university level.

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Dramaturgies de la guerre pour le jeune public

Vers une résilience espérée


Françoise Heulot-Petit

Comment dire la guerre au jeune public ? C’est la question à laquelle répondent les auteurs de théâtre étudiés dans cet ouvrage qui ont fait le choix, au sein de leur écriture, d’une épure radicalisant le conflit. Face à la violence du rapport au réel, ils cherchent une juste distance et produisent une dramaturgie de l’intermittence. L’avant et l’après de l’action, le passé et le présent sont des moments de doute du personnage de l’enfant face à l’action de guerre imposée : celle de tuer ou de fuir. Il se tourne alors vers le jeu ou l’imaginaire du rêve. Avec le temps, le personnage de l’enfant-survivant réanime le conflit passé dans un écho constant. Il devient résilient, en parcourant des territoires d’apprentissage, dans lequel il emporte avec lui des objets symboles. Ces plus petits territoires intimes, débris d’un monde perdu, font tenir debout une fois retrouvés. Les souvenirs sont prégnants dans une dramaturgie du témoignage qui mobilise le monologue. Nous y retrouvons une tendance du théâtre contemporain à faire reposer la dimension documentaire sur l’introspection individuelle, où le personnage de l’enfant-témoin a toute sa place. Toutefois, l’écriture se creuse bien souvent d’une faille qui traduit l’impossibilité pour l’enfant de tout comprendre. Il bute sur les mots comme sur le réel et réinvente un langage. Ainsi, cet ouvrage interroge la possibilité d’une présence, inscrite dans le moment de l’adresse et dans la matérialité de la scène, entre surgissement et effacement des signes de la guerre, au sein d’un corpus dont l’étude se révèle d’une grande richesse.

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Carmen revisitée / revisiter Carmen

Nouveaux visages d’un mythe transversal


Edited by Claire Lozier and Isabelle Marc

Ce volume collectif examine la récente multiplication sur la scène internationale de créations artistiques multiformes revisitant la figure de Carmen. En moins de deux siècles, Carmen a non seulement dépassé les frontières géoculturelles de l’Espagne fantasmée qui l’a inspirée et de la France postromantique qui l’a créée, mais elle a aussi débordé le cadre littéraire et opératique de ses débuts. À travers les époques, les cultures et les arts, l’histoire de la cigarillière n’a cessé d’être réinventée, devenant un mythe à part entière. Carmen est aujourd’hui une figure protéiforme, à la fois transnationale, transdisciplinaire et intersectionnelle, qui appartient à l’imaginaire collectif mondial. Ce livre, interdisciplinaire et cosmopolite à l’image de son sujet, propose une compréhension actualisée du mythe de Carmen par l’analyse d’une sélection de ses réécritures les plus récentes. Des spécialistes internationaux y étudient les invariants et la pertinence actuelle de cette figure mythique dans le contexte géopolitique global contemporain. Par ailleurs, en croisant les approches postcoloniale et féministe, ce livre contribue également à la réflexion sur la place de l’étranger et du féminin dans les structures sociales et les manifestations artistiques actuelles.

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A Companion


Edited by Simon Bacon

What are Monsters?

Monsters are everywhere, from cyberbullies online to vampires onscreen: the twenty-first century is a monstrous age. The root of the word «monster» means «omen» or «warning», and if monsters frighten us, it’s because they are here to warn us about something amiss in ourselves and in our society. Humanity has given birth to these monsters, and they grow and change with us, carrying the scars of their birth with them.

This collection of original and accessible essays looks at a variety of contemporary monsters from literature, film, television, music and the internet within their respective historical and cultural contexts. Beginning with a critical introduction that explores the concept of the monster in the work of Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Jack Halberstam, Elaine Showalter and more, the book takes a broad approach to the monster, including not only classic slasher films, serial killers (Bates Motel), the living dead (Game of Thrones) and aliens (District 9), but also hyper-contemporary examples like clones (Orphan Black), cyberbullies (Cyberbully), viral outbreaks (The Strain) and celebrities (Lady Gaga). Gender and culture are especially emphasized in the volume, with essays on the role of gender and sexuality in defining the monster (AHS Apocalypse) and global monsters (Cleverman, La Llorona).

This compact guide to the monster in contemporary culture will be useful to teachers, students and fans looking to expand their understanding of this important cultural figure.

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„… in tausend schimmernden Klangfarben …“

Glanz und Schatten der gitarristischen Virtuosität im 19. Jahrhundert – eine Untersuchung der Spielpraxis


Leila Gudlin

Die gitarrenbezogene historische Auffassung der Virtuosität sowie die Verbalisierung spielpraktischer Ansätze aus dem 19. Jahrhundert sind die Hauptthemen dieses Bandes. Die Untersuchung der Virtuosität basiert auf einer vergleichenden Analyse zwischen Bearbeitungen und deren Vorlagen, welche durch das Heranziehen von Gesangslehrbüchern, Instrumentalschulen und Konzertberichten ergänzt wird. Der Klang und die unterschiedlichen Klangkonzepte wie z. B. die musikalische Gestaltung mit Klangfarben oder das instrumentale Singen bilden den Kern der gitarristischen Virtuosität und werden praxisnah dargelegt.