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The Gate Theatre, Dublin

Inspiration and Craft

Edited by David Clare, Des Lally and Patrick Lonergan

The Gate Theatre is one of Ireland’s major theatres. It has produced important new plays by such figures as Brian Friel, Conor McPherson, and Denis Johnston – while also premiering significant works by other writers, including unjustly neglected women dramatists such as Mary Manning, Christine Longford, and Maura Laverty. It has made huge contributions to the art of theatre in Ireland, not only in relation to acting (launching the careers of Orson Welles, James Mason, and Michael Gambon) but also in terms of direction and design. And it has made a major contribution to the world’s understanding of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and others.

Despite these incredible achievements, the theatre has been the subject of very little critical attention to date. This book redresses this problem; it is, in fact, the very first scholarly essay collection devoted entirely to the theatre. It gathers together leading academics and critics who explore the Gate’s achievements in relation to the development of new Irish writing and new Irish theatre practices. The book is written with scholarly rigour but also in accessible language and would therefore be of interest to anyone with a passion for Irish theatre.

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Otto Dix and the First World War

Grotesque Humor, Camaraderie and Remembrance

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Michael Mackenzie

Otto Dix fought in the First World War for the better part of four years before becoming one of the most important artists of the Weimar era. Marked by the experience, he made monumental, difficult and powerful works about it. Whereas Dix has often been presented as a lone voice of reason and opposition in Germany between the wars, this book locates his work squarely in the mainstream of Weimar society.

Informed by recent studies of collective remembrance, of camaraderie, and of the popular, working-class socialist groups that commemorated the war, this book takes Dix’s very public, monumental works out of the isolation of the artist’s studio and returns them to a context of public memorials, mass media depictions, and the communal search for meaning in the war. The author argues that Dix sought to establish a community of veterans through depictions of the war experience that used the soldier’s humorous, grotesque language of the trenches and that deliberately excluded women and other non-combatants. His depictions were preoccupied with heteronormativity in the context of intimate touch and tenderness between soldiers at the front and with sexual potency in the face of debilitating wounds suffered by others in the war.

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Performance of Identity of Polish Tatars

From Religious Holidays to Everyday Rituals

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Barbara Pawlic-Miskiewicz

The book presents the Tatar community in a new perspective, with its rituals and strategies that allow it to maintain the identity and distinguish itself, using categories of performance and performativity which – despite problems with normative definitions – have permanently entered a dictionary of culture analysis. The author describes and analyses Tatar religion-based customs and traditions, key moments of human life, as well as selected aspects of everyday life, which may be considered within the category of performances of identity. Tatar performances are deeply rooted in religion: Islam is a fundamental part of their identity and element of distinction. Following and performing the religious rules is strictly connected with the notions of ethnic identity and self-identification. Religious performances also serve them to preserve the figure of a Muslim Tatar.

This book is a unique work documenting the life of the Tatar ethnic minority.

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Queering Freedom: Music, Identity and Spirituality

(Anthology with perspectives from over ten countries)

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Edited by Karin Hendricks and June Boyce-Tillman

This book is intended to challenge the status quo of music learning and experience by intersecting various musical topics with discussions of spirituality and queer studies. Spanning from the theoretical to the personal, the authors utilize a variety of approaches to query how music makers might blend spirituality’s healing and wholeness with queer theory’s radical liberation.

Queering Freedom: Music, Identity and Spirituality represents an eclectic mix of historical, ethnomusicological, case study, narrative, ethnodramatic, philosophical, theological, and theoretical contributions. The book reaches an international audience, with invited authors from around the world who represent the voices and perspectives of over ten countries. The authors engage with policy, practice, and performance to critically address contemporary and historical music practices. Through its broad and varied writing styles and representations, the collection aims to shift perspectives of possibility and invite readers to envision a fresh, organic, and more holistic musical experience.

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Zuzana Ben Lassoued-Balazsházyová

Reception of Diana Krall, Unique Jazz Phenomenon tracks Diana Krall’s piano and vocal interpretation from early to advanced development. The author analyzes her music compared to the major jazz pianists and vocalists and traces her European roots combined with North American influence. Musicality, aesthetics, and original interpretation are defined factors for the communication between the listener and the performer and the main characteristics of Diana Krall’s interpretation. Described are also influences of social media, management, marketing and the position of the woman in this society.

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Edited by Vincent Cotro

Bagatelle, impromptu, burlesque, capriccio, invention, intermezzo..., la liste des genres musicaux relevant de l’esthétique de la miniature est étendue. Pourtant, la multiplicité des « stratégies du bref », analysées dans cet ouvrage, peut être observée au prisme d’une histoire plus large et jusque dans des domaines a priori inséparables de la longue durée (comme l’opéra) ou d’un développement improvisé (comme le jazz).

Si la notion de forme brève en musique suggère d’abord la limitation du format d’une partition ou l’abrègement d’une durée d’écoute, la brièveté doit aussi se concevoir en relation avec une exigence de concision et la recherche d’une densité maximale de l’expression. Fréquent objet de procès et de polémiques aux xixe et xxe siècles en raison de la permanence d’une pensée classique de l’entièreté et de la « grande forme » attachée à toute « grande » œuvre, la brièveté musicale peut aussi refléter des contingences historiques ou des considérations politiques, sociales, économiques ou technologiques. Elle s’enrichit enfin, à l’instar des nombreuses modalités d’enchâssement et de mise en série des formes brèves littéraires à l’intérieur d’un texte, par le dialogue incessant qu’elle instaure avec la longue durée dans les cycles, recueils ou albums enregistrés.

Telles sont quelques-unes des questions abordées au fil des dix-huit contributions de ce volume qui s’attache tant aux stratégies de production qu’aux modalités de réception de la brièveté en musique. Construit en quatre parties respectant un plan chronologique du xve siècle à la période contemporaine, l’ouvrage propose le croisement des regards et des stratégies analytiques et s’intéresse tant aux miniaturistes incontestés que sont Schumann, Schönberg et Webern, qu’à des compositeurs moins connus ou en devenir pour lesquels la forme brève a pu constituer, parfois plus ponctuellement, une échappatoire ou un défi lancé aux systèmes dominants.

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Andi Stein and Beth Bingham Georges

Entertainment is big business. Whether it’s a favorite television show, an artist at the top of the music charts, a blockbuster film, or a hometown sports team, people love entertainment. In this introduction to the entertainment industry, Andi Stein and Beth Bingham Georges provide a glimpse inside the industry to show how each segment operates as well as the challenges and trends within the business. Each chapter addresses a different segment of the entertainment industry including:

Film

Television

Radio

Theatre

Music

Sports

Theme Parks

Shopping

The book is designed as an introductory text for entertainment studies courses and as an overview of the industry for those looking to pursue careers in the field of entertainment.

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Pictures of the Mind

Surrealist Photography and Film

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Ramona Fotiade

Pictures of the Mind is the first integrated study of Surrealist photography and film, assessing the impact of early experimental practice and theoretical discourse on prominent post-war trends in art house cinema. Roland Barthes’s interpretation of the photographic image, alongside Jacques Derrida’s concepts of spectrality and trace, underscore an exploration of the recurrent references to the phantomatic aspect of photography and film in Surrealist theoretical writings and practice. The analysis uses Derrida’s account of the uncanny to shed light on the Surrealist conception of photographic and film images as mental constructs, or pictures of the mind, rather than mere visual representations. This leads to a consideration of the similarities between the Surrealist conception of beauty as fixed-explosive and Gilles Deleuze’s theory of the time-image as applied to Luis Buñuel’s films. Ultimately, the impact of Surrealism on post-war cinema is assessed as part of a wider consideration of the status of photographic and filmic images in the age of digital cinema. The elaboration of an aesthetics of spectrality in early Surrealism is shown to have had lasting implications for a range of post-war filmmakers such as Chris Marker, Maya Deren, Nelly Kaplan, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jan Svankmajer, Akira Kurosawa, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Guillermo del Toro, Guy Maddin, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch.

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Burkhard-Interpretationen

Symposium 30./31. Oktober 2015

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Edited by Dominik Sackmann

Willy Burkhard (1900–1955) gehörte spätestens seit der Uraufführung des Oratoriums «Das Gesicht Jesaias» (1936) zu den zentralen Komponisten der Schweiz. Rund hundert Werke umfasst sein Œuvre: Kammer-, Klavier- und Orchestermusik. Zudem etablierte er sich mit seiner Orgel- und Chormusik als Komponist für die Kirche. Überschattet wurde sein Leben von einem Jahrzehnt fortwährender Krankheit, die ihn isolierte und zum Aussenseiter stempelte. Wurden die jeweils neu entstandenen Werke um 1950 aufmerksam verfolgt, so ist es seit seinem Tod still um ihn geworden. Höchste Zeit also, um aus verschiedenen Perspektiven Blicke auf sein Werk, seine Persönlichkeit, seine Bedeutung, sein Komponieren, auf einzelne Kompositionen und deren Entstehungsgeschichte, aber auch auf die Aufführungspraxis seiner Zeit zu werfen. Im Zentrum steht die Frage nach der Einordnung von Burkhards Schaffen in die Musikgeschichte, zwischen neoklassizistischen Tendenzen und Zwölftonmusik. Ergänzt werden die Vorträge des Zürcher Symposiums vom Oktober 2015 um Aufsätze zu zwei wichtigen Zeitgenossen: Adolf Brunner und Stefi Geyer.

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Orpheus und die Musik

Metamorphosen eines antiken Mythos in der europäischen Kulturgeschichte

Hermann Jung

Die Macht der Musik ist ein in den europäischen Kulturen von Anbeginn an bis heute faszinierendes Phänomen. Sie ist Thema zahlreicher Mythen, Sagen und Legenden. «Macht der Musik» zeigt sich ebenso im Positiven wie im Negativen, von Arion über König David, Odysseus und die Sirenen bis zum Rattenfänger von Hameln. Doch keiner kann es mit Orpheus aufnehmen. Er ist Vorbild und Urbild für die Macht der Musik, wie diese Studie an ausgewählten Beispielen aus theoretischen Schriften von der Antike bis in die Moderne, aus Dichtung und Bildkunst wie aus musikalischen Kompositionen durch die Jahrhunderte belegt und kommentiert.