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Documentary in Wales

Cultures and Practices

Edited by Dafydd Sills-Jones and Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones

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Cinema Derrida

The Law of Inspection in the Age of Global Spectral Media

Tyson Stewart

Cinema Derrida charts Jacques Derrida's collaborations and appearances in film, video, and television beginning with 1983's Ghost Dance (dir. Ken McMullen, West Germany/UK) and ending with 2002's biographical documentary Derrida (dir. Dick and Ziering, USA). In the last half of his working life, Derrida embraced popular art forms and media in more ways than one: not only did he start making more media appearances after years of refusing to have his photo taken in the 1960s and 1970s, but his philosophy also started to draw more explicitly from visual culture and artistic endeavours. While this book offers explanations of this transition, it contends the image of "Jacques Derrida" that emerges from film and TV appearances remains spectral, constantly deferring a complete grasp of him.

Tyson Stewart draws out the main tenets of spectrality from Derrida's seminal texts Of Grammatology and Specters of Marx and other writings, like Echographies of Television, in order to fill a gap in studies of Derrida and film. Throughout the book, he explains how various techniques and spectral effects such as slow motion, stillness, repetition, mise-en-abîme, direct address, and focus on body parts/bodily presence bring about a structure of spectrality wherein the past other returns to make impressions and ethical demands on the viewer. Drawing on communication theory and film and media studies, Cinema Derrida makes a major intervention in classical communication thought.

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Ponchos y sarapes

El cine mexicano en Buenos Aires (1934–1943)


Ángel Miquel

En este libro se da cuenta de la presencia del cine mexicano en Buenos Aires desde la exhibición de las primeras películas de esa procedencia en 1934, hasta el afianzamiento de la esfera de la distribución y el arraigo entre los espectadores porteños de algunas figuras populares, diez años después.

La narración, ordenada de forma cronológica, aborda la distribución, la exhibición y la recepción de las películas mexicanas, así como las visitas que hicieron a la ciudad actores, directores y otros profesionales del cine mexicano para acompañar el lanzamiento de producciones, participar en cintas locales o considerar la realización de proyectos.

La obra ofrece así conocimiento sobre un periodo poco estudiado, en el que se sentaron las bases de expansión de los llamados "cines clásicos". También, desde una perspectiva transnacional, pone en juego una discusión acerca por un lado de la producción, la distribución y el consumo de objetos culturales, y por otro de los intercambios industriales y profesionales.

Los principales destinatarios del libro son quienes, en el ámbito universitario, se interesan en la historia de las cinematografías latinoamericanas. En este sentido, es un volumen que puede incorporarse a bibliotecas de instituciones que ofrezcan licenciaturas o posgrados de historia, cine o humanidades relativos a América Latina. Pero por los temas que trata y su narración amena y clara, la obra también puede resultar interesante a lectores que, fuera del mundo académico, se sientan atraídos por el conocimiento del cine, la música, la literatura y la cultura general del continente.

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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. Its main goal was a regeneration of the public function of art opposed to mass culture and technology, yet at the same time depending on them, in an ambivalent relationship manifested by its various realizations. The book reconceives the "total work of art" as a specific 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 cooperation and synergy of different arts and media and, thereby, 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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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 Isabelle Marc and Claire Lozier

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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„… 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.

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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