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Dafydd Sills-Jones, Jouko Aaltonen and Pietari Kaapa

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May Spangler

Paris in Architecture, Literature, and Art is a wide-ranging textbook that capitalizes on the little exposure liberal arts students have to architecture and the popularity of Paris. Designed for a college course in the Humanities, it also lends itself for a High School course or a study abroad program in Paris.

 The course focuses on Paris, which throughout history has been the stage and experimental ground for artists and intellectuals from all over the world, making it the crucible of western thoughts and consummate material for an interdisciplinary study. Each chapter presents a cultural movement such as Gothic, Classical, Romantic and Modern that are predominant in the Parisian landscape. The interdisciplinary approach promotes critical thinking, inspiring students to identify and translate aesthetic principles from one discipline to another, and explore, for instance, what an Impressionist literature or a Cubist architecture might be.

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Dagara Verbal Art

An African Tradition


Paschal Kyoore

This book examines verbal art among the Dagara people of West Africa. It provides invaluable primary material for research, and does a close analysis of folktale narration, proverb usage, riddling, chanting of dirges and popular songs by male and female praise singers, and xylophone music performance as forms of verbal art. Folktales are characterized by wit, humor, and satire, and songs within tales are a mise-en-abyme, a story within a story that entertains but also enhances the narration through the participation of the audience in the performance. Moreover, Dagara tales are didactic and moralizing as a way of controlling the behavior of individuals in society. Riddling entertains but also helps to develop the cognitive abilities of children, and demands critical and logical thinking on the part of the participating audience. Proverbs were collected in context and analyzed closely for their meaning. The study also examines closely the art of speech-making, and concludes that a good locutor knows what figures of speech to use in order to enhance communication with the audience. This study concludes that an authentic theory of Dagara—and for that matter generally African— folklore must be grounded on a thorough knowledge of the traditions, rites and rituals, and the socio-political structures that have held the society together in its historical experience. The study is an important resource for areas such as African studies, African literature and folklore, folklore in general, anthropology, culture studies, ethnomusicology, ethnic studies, and gender studies among others.
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Unbridling the Western Film Auteur

Contemporary, Transnational and Intertextual Explorations

Emma Hamilton and Alistair Rolls

According to Jim Kitses (1969), the Western originally offered American directors a rich canvas to express a singular authorial vision of the American past and its significance. The Western’s recognizable conventions and symbols, rich filmic heritage, and connections to pulp fiction created a widely spoken «language» for self-expression and supplemented each filmmaker’s power to express their vision of American society. This volume seeks to re-examine the significance of auteur theory for the Western by analysing the auteur director «unbridled» by traditional definitions or national contexts. This book renders a complex portrait of the Western auteur by considering the genre in a transnational context. It proposes that narrow views of auteurism should be reconsidered in favour of broader definitions that see meaning created, both intentionally and unintentionally, by a director; by other artistic contributors, including actors and the audience; or through the intersection with other theoretical concepts such as re-allegorization. In so doing, it illuminates the Western as a vehicle for expressing complex ideas of national and transnational identity.

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MIMOS 2017

Ursina Lardi


Paola Gilardi, Anne Fournier, Andreas Klaeui and Yvonne Schmidt

Ob auf der Theaterbühne oder der Kinoleinwand: Ursina Lardi vermag mit radikaler künstlerischer Aneignung das Wesen ihrer Figuren zu enthüllen. Mit Texten von namhaften Wegbegleitern und Einzelanalysen würdigt dieser Band eine eindrucksvolle Schauspielerinnenkarriere.

Sur la scène comme sur l’écran, Ursina Lardi parvient, grâce à une approche artistique exigeante, à s’approprier l’essence des personnages qu’elle habite. Cet ouvrage réunit des interventions d’artistes exceptionnels, compagnons de route, et des analyses spécialisées pour célébrer cette carrière d’actrice impressionnante.

In scena come sullo schermo: grazie a un approccio radicale, Ursina Lardi riesce a cogliere l’essenza dei personaggi che interpreta. Il presente volume illustra, tramite analisi particolareggiate e i contributi di compagni di viaggio d’eccezione, lo straordinario percorso artistico di quest’attrice.

Whether on stage or on screen, Ursina Lardi manages to reveal the essence of her characters by means of a radical artistic approach. The present volume, with contributions from well-known associates as well as individual analyses, pays homage to the impressive career of this actress.


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Frank Capra and the Cinema of Identity

Celebration and Interrogation

Malcolm Scott

This study proposes a new definition of Frank Capra’s work as a cinema of identity, focusing on his reflection on American national identity as well as his own positioning as a US immigrant. The interplay of celebration and interrogation is used to show the two poles of his films’ narrative structure, placing in a new critical light the supposed «happy endings» of this complex filmmaker. All of his films are discussed, including his feature films (both silent and sound, grouped thematically and in broad chronological order) and wartime documentaries. There are separate chapters on controversial works like Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe and It’s a Wonderful Life. Not intended as a biography of Capra but as a study of his career and ideas on film, the book takes into account the views of numerous earlier critics and writers and offers a fresh appraisal of this celebrated director and his often problematic films.

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Falling for Gravity

Invisible Forces in Contemporary Art

Catherine James

This book begins with the observation that contemporary artists have embraced and employed gravity as an immaterial readymade. Necessarily focusing on material practices – chiefly sculpture, installation, performance, and film – this discussion takes account of how and why artists have used gravity and explores the similarities between their work and the popular cultural forms of circus, vaudeville, burlesque, and film.

Works by Rodney Graham, Stan Douglas, and Robert Smithson are mediated through ideas of Gnostic doubt, atomism, and new materialism. In other examples – by John Wood and Paul Harrison, Gordon Matta-Clark, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Trisha Brown, and Bas Jan Ader – mass and momentum, falling objects, and falling bodies are examined in relation to architecture, sculpture, and dance.  In performances, projects and events curated by Bruce Nauman, Santiago Sierra, and Catherine Yass, gravity is resisted in Sisyphean ordeals and death-defying stunts.

This account of contemporary art and performance, read through the invisible membrane of gravity, exposes new and distinctive approaches to agency reduction, authorial doubt, and redemptive failure.

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A Fashionable Style

Carl von Diebitsch und das maurische Revival

Francine Giese and Ariane Varela Braga

Als ein globales Phänomen des 19. Jahrhunderts belegt das Maurische Revival die Faszination westlicher Architekten für das islamische Erbe von al-Andalus. Dieses spielte eine zentrale Rolle im Werk Carl von Diebitschs (1819–1869), der als einer der ersten deutschen Architekten die nasridischen Bauten Granadas, die spektakulären Paläste der Alhambra, den Alcázar von Sevilla und die Moschee-Kathedrale von Córdoba in den Jahren 1846-1847 vor Ort studierte und ihren ornamentalen Reichtum in zahlreichen Bleistiftskizzen und Aquarellen festhielt. Vom 27. Oktober 2017 bis zum 10. Januar 2018 werden Carl von Diebitschs Architekturstudien und Bauentwürfe im Rahmen der im Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität Berlin stattfindenden Ausstellung «A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch und das Maurische Revival» erstmals in Deutschland gezeigt. Die vorliegende Publikation wurde begleitend zur Ausstellung konzipiert und bietet einen vertiefenden Blick auf die gezeigten Exponate und thematischen Schwerpunkte. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf Carl von Diebitschs Jahren an der Berliner Bauakademie, seinen Studien zur islamischen Architektur von al-Andalus und seinen neo-maurischen Bauten und Interieurs in Deutschland und Kairo. Weitere Aspekte sind der Löwenhof als Nukleus des Alhambra-Stils und seine Transformation im 19. Jahrhundert, Owen Jones’ international gefeierter Alhambra Court von 1854, die serielle Reproduktion nasridischer Architektur und Ornamentik in Form von Gipsabgüssen, Architekturmodellen und Möbelstücken oder die Bedeutung von Stuck und Eisen im Werk des preußischen Architekten. Als innovativer Erneuerer gelang Carl von Diebitsch die Revitalisierung der nasridischen Baukunst und ihrer Herstellungsverfahren, die er von Berlin aus in die Welt trug.

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Paul Martin Langner and Agata Mirecka

Ausgehend von dem Gedanken, dass Räumlichkeit im Theater «flüchtig und transitorisch» ist, diskutieren die Autoren die multiple Struktur pluraler Räume in Regiearbeiten und Dramatik der Gegenwart. Neben der klassischen Bipolarität von Bühnen- und Zuschauerraum untersucht das Buch unter anderem Text- und Erinnerungsräume, Wahrnehmungs- und akustische Räume. Die Beiträge betonen, dass theatrale Räume durch Überlagerungen mehrerer Raumprofile gebildet und profiliert, zudem von historischen, gesellschaftlichen, politischen oder sprachlichen Faktoren bestimmt werden. Durch die Instabilität der Räume können fragile Räume durch Stimmen und dem Einsatz von Medien gebildet werden, die über die Bühnenrampe hinausragen und virtuelle Räume schaffen können.

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Olaf Enderlein

Dieses Buch rekonstruiert die von 1910 bis 1917 reichende Entstehungsgeschichte der 1919 uraufgeführten Oper «Die Frau ohne Schatten» von Richard Strauss und Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Anhand neu aufgefundener Quellen war es möglich, die Arbeitsweise von Strauss zu beschreiben und eine Systematik der Kompositionsskizzen zu erstellen. Die detaillierte Rückverfolgung der Werkgenese umfasst die Eingriffe von Strauss in Hofmannsthals Libretto, eine Klassifikation der einzelnen Skizzentypen sowie eine Darstellung des vielschichtigen Kompositionsprozesses auf der Grundlage der Kompositionsstadien. Die Präsentation des Monologs der Kaiserin im III. Akt in seiner ursprünglichen, durchkomponierten Fassung bietet eine zusammenfassende Erläuterung der Kompositionsweise von Richard Strauss.