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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

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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

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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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Monsters

A Companion

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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

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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.

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Cinema in China prior to WWI

A Case Study of West-Eastern Culture Transfer

Meimei Xu

This book looks at the earliest history of exhibiting firms in China at the turn of the
century. The spread of cinema in China as a continuation of the lantern tradition is
contextualized and conventionalized in the late Qing sociopolitical milieu, featuring
a strong foreign monopoly and regional imbalance. However, the key element for
cinema’s development in China is Chinese audience per se.

“The book has produced something truly remarkable and tremendous.”
                                                                                                     —Frank Bren

“The work offers a lot of new insights into the history of the cinema in China. Though
the film business was brought from abroad to the mainland, the candidate was never
nationalistic in her approach to the phenomenon of foreign entertainment in China.”
                                                                                                     —Wolfgang Kubin

“The author painstakingly combed through a large number of historical newspapers,
especially English-language newspapers published both in and outside China, and
pieced together a convincing picture of the earliest history of Chinese cinema.”
                                                                                                       —Xuelei Huang 

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Edited by Dany Sandron, Camilla Ceccotti and Emanuele Gallotta

Entre les XIIe et XIIIe siècles, l’architecture gothique se répand dans toute l’Europe et entre en contact avec les traditions constructives locales. La réception de modèles existants et l’invention de nouvelles expressions artistiques se conjuguent alors pour donner naissance à des œuvres inédites, créées dans des contextes historiques, géographiques et culturels différents par rapport au milieu français d’origine.

Les travaux rassemblés dans ce volume étudient l’impact de ce phénomène au niveau européen. Après avoir examiné le rôle des cathédrales et des abbatiales dans la propagation de l’Opus Francigenum en France et en Italie, dans le Latium méridional, l’ouvrage analyse la persistance du gothique durant la Première Renaissance à travers les exemples de Pérouse et Poitiers, avant de s’achever sur un panorama de grandes restaurations à l’époque contemporaine.

Impliquant une nouvelle génération de chercheurs, ce livre s’attache à ouvrir un dialogue interdisciplinaire. L’architecture se révèle être un véritable espace de rencontre d’idées, d’expérimentations méthodologiques et de nouvelles approches scientifiques, qui n’attendent finalement qu’une indispensable confrontation internationale.

Avec des contributions d’Émilie Alexandre, Camilla Cannoni, Camilla Ceccotti, Mathias Dupuis, Emanuele Gallotta, Rafael-Florian Helfenstein, Didier Kreczman et Giuliana Mosca.

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Aikaterini Delikonstantinidou

A compelling contribution to the largely understudied field of Latinx theatre, this book unpacks new developments in the Latinx and American cultural landscape registered by contemporary plays inspired and based on Greek tragic myths. It examines dramatic revisions of the myths of Medea, Oedipus, Electra, and Iphigenia by notable playwrights Carlos Morton, Cherríe Moraga, Luis Alfaro, and Caridad Svich for what they reveal about the increasingly complex, diverse, and globalized Latinidades of the post-Civil Rights Movement era. Through its discussion of six Greek-inflected mythoplays, the book brings to light emergent and transhemispheric dimensions taken on by mestizaje; the latter construed as an ethos, reality, and discourse central to any conception of Latinidad, however plural. Mestizaje is shown to be tuned to a tragic key in the theatrical corpus of works on which the analysis focuses, and it is to this tragic key that the book attributes the works’ singular sociocultural and political import. Emphasis is placed on the tragic mode as a rich source and potent ally in the plays’ attempt at configuring and applying a distinct kind of radical politics and a healing function while targeting, principally but not exclusively, Latinx communities of/in crisis—including barrio, LGBTQ+, and borderland communities. By aligning the plays’ decolonizing impulse with the productive question mark of the tragic, the book calls attention to the brisk energy that the tragic myth’s reception by Latinx theatre infuses into the afterlife of the tragic, as it breaks new, syncretic ground in the latter’s reception history and contemporary rethinking.

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Third Digital Documentary

A Theory and Practice of Transmedia Arts Activism, Critical Design and Ethics

Anita Wen-Shin Chang

This book offers a theory and methodology of transmedia arts activism within the technocultural and sociopolitical landscape of expanded documentary production, distribution, reception and participation. Through a detailed analysis of the author’s transmedia project on indigenous and minority language endangerment and revival that consists of the feature-length documentary Tongues of Heaven and the companion web application Root Tongue: Sharing Stories of Language Identity and Revival, she reveals the layers and depths of a critical arts practice when confronted with complex sociopolitical issues while working with multiple communities across territorial/national boundaries. In the context of the growing field of transmedia documentaries, the author discusses the potentials and benefits of a critical design practice and production ethics that can transform this field to pilot new collaborations in documentary and digital media platforms towards a third digital documentary.