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Alison Wilde

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Distinto amanecer: Max Aub en México, 1943-1944

Industria cinematográfica y política cultural


César A. Núñez

En 1943 se filmó la película Distinto amanecer, basada en la obra teatral La vida conyugal, de Max Aub. A partir de entonces, el escritor trabajará en la industria cinematográfica mexicana, que experimentaba un notable desarrollo, una verdadera "época de oro", y será para él una de sus principales fuentes de ingresos con las que subsistir en su vida de exiliado republicano. Las tensiones resultantes de la primera relación con esa industria tendrán consecuencias sobre su posterior inserción en el ámbito cultural del país de refugio. Revisar esas tensiones ayuda a comprender los primeros tiempos de Aub en México tanto como a vislumbrar rasgos del mundo intelectual en el que desenvolvió su trabajo. La película, en fin, permite hilar una compleja red de nexos entre la política, la industria cultural y la esfera artística, para mostrar una imagen no siempre perceptible a simple vista. Dado que la adaptación de la obra teatral al film generó una serie de conflictos entre Aub y el director, Julio Bracho, se estudia aquí esa polémica, a partir no sólo de los documentos rescatados por diversos investigadores, sino también, por primera vez, del guion original de la película. Este guion, olvidado desde 1943, es un interesante documento que echa luz sobre los objetivos y pretensiones de una producción con la que, a pesar de todo, Aub comenzaba su extenso vínculo con el cine mexicano.
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Transmedia Cultures

A Companion


Edited by Simon Bacon

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Dramatism and Musical Theater

Experiments in Rhetorical Performance

Kimberly Eckel Beasley and James P. Beasley

Dramatism and Musical Theater: Experiments in Rhetorical Performance is an innovative workbook for both students and teachers in advanced communication performance. Meeting at the nexus of English composition, advanced rhetoric, theater, music, and drama, this book utilizes Kenneth Burke's method of dramatism to discover the motives inherent in performance practices, whether they be in the classroom or on the stage. In this book Kimberly Eckel Beasley and James P. Beasley take the five corners of the dramatistic pentad (act, scene, agent, agency, and purpose) and demonstrate their utilization in performance analysis. The authors then correlate those performance practices with the production of five contemporary musicals: Little Women, Aida, Street Scene, Into the Woods, and Children of Eden in order to emphasize the use of the dramatistic pentad in character, scene, and staging direction. By doing so, the book highlights dramatism as a performance practice necessary for effective participation in artistic communities.

Dramatism and Musical Theater: Experiments in Rhetorical Performance is also an indispensable guide for teachers and directors to successfully navigate the challenges of collegiate theatrical production.

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Performing Irishness

Irish Drama on the Galician Stage

Elisa Serra Porteiro

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Alicja Usarek-Topper

The genesis and genius of Bartók’s Concerto was mingled with his love for Stefi Geyer. As Hungarian Tristan pursuing his Isolde, he sounds allusions to Wagner’s paean of unfulfilled love. In transposing the ideal into the real, Bartók enlists folk sources voicing pristine truths of peasants. While biography and Tristan allusions supply the keys to Stefi’s Concerto, the Tristan grief motif serves as bridge from idealized romance to the pentatonic simplicity of peasant realism. In these tensions private love and public life, and esoteric romance and raw worldliness are provoked and reconciled. The rise and fall of living romance and its musical mirroring against peasant scales and rhythms is background to "Tristan" ruling a score that incites and resolves the clash of two conflicting worlds

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'Otherness’ in Space and Architecture

Jews, Muslims and Christians in Western European Art (1200-1650)

Maria Portmann

This conference proceeding (Sessions on "Otherness in Space and Architecture", International Medieval Conference, Leeds, 2017 and 2018) is a compilation of articles written by both young and senior scholars, who are working on the question of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ in Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures. The articles examine how material, ‘oriental’ objects and knowledge originating in non-Western communities helped building and strengthening the identity of Iberia’s, southern France and northern Italian nobility and its lineages. It is shown how, in the perception of Christians, the public image of Jews and Moslems became constructed as that of adversaries, while their cultural knowledge, at the same time, would be integrated into Christian culture in a paradox manner, in which the ‘self’ necessarily depends on the ‘other’ and how visual tensions in art and space have been used as symbols of power.

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Stefi Geyer

Materialien zur ihrer Biographie


Edited by Helga Varadi and Dominik Sackmann

Stefi Geyer (1888–1956), die aus Ungarn stammende Violinistin, lebte von 1920 bis zu ihrem Tod in Zürich. Béla Bartók, Othmar Schoeck und Willy Burkhard schrieben für sie Violinkonzerte. Zum ersten Mal wird ihre gesamte Lebensgeschichte, soweit sich diese rekonstruieren liess, nacherzählt, ergänzt um Fotografien und eine Liste sämtlicher Konzerte unter ihrer Mitwirkung. Ein gesondertes Kapitel ist der künstlerischen Beziehung zwischen Béla Bartók und Stefi Geyer gewidmet.
Der Band enthält in deutscher Übersetzung erstmals den gesamten Briefwechsel zwischen Stefi Geyer und Béla Bartók sowie Stefi Geyers Korrespondenz mit der Familie ihres Cousins mütterlicherseits.
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Anton Walbrook

A Life of Masks and Mirrors


James Downs

Viennese-born actor Adolf Wohlbrück enjoyed huge success on both stage and screen in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s, becoming one of the first truly international stars. After leaving Nazi Germany for Hollywood in 1936, he changed his name to Anton Walbrook and then settled in Britain, where he won filmgoers’ hearts with his portrayal of Prince Albert in two lavish biopics of Queen Victoria. Further film success followed with Dangerous Moonlight and Gaslight, several collaborations with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger – including his striking performance as Lermontov in The Red Shoes – and later work with Max Ophuls and Otto Preminger.

Despite great popularity and a prolifi c career of some forty fi lms, alongside theatre, radio and television work, Walbrook was an intensely private individual who kept much of his personal life hidden from view. His reticence created an aura of mystery and «otherness» about him, which coloured both his acting performances and the way he was perceived by the public – an image that was reinforced in Britain by his continental background.

Remarkably, this is the first full-length biography of Walbrook, drawing on over a decade of extensive archival research to document his life and acting career.

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The Musical Matrix Reloaded

Contemporary Perspectives and Alternative Worlds in the Music of Beethoven and Schubert

Barbara Barry

The Musical Matrix Reloaded proposes a striking new scenario for the music of Beethoven and Schubert in the contemporary world. It draws on the theory of Multiple Worlds in physics, and on sci-fi and movies, as powerful contemporary models of alternative realities to explain radical features of interpolation, dislocation, and ultimately of return.

Confronting familiar assumptions about Beethoven’s and Schubert’s music as long-range consonance, the book proposes instead that musical action is predicated on an underlying disruptive energy, Nietzsche’s Dionysian disruptive background re-interpreted in the contemporary world. When it breaks through the musical surface, it dislocates continuity and re-routes tonal narrative into new, unforeseen directions. These unforeseen paths enable us to glimpse in Beethoven’s and Schubert’s music the beautiful, and often haunting, reality of another world.