The return of Ulysses. A cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey by Edith Hall

By Edith Hall

This extensively conceived and enlightening examine how Homer’s Odyssey has resonated within the West bargains a thematic research of the poem’s impression on social and political rules, associations, and mores from the traditional global in the course of the trendy.

Proving that the epic poem is undying, Edith corridor identifies fifteen key subject matters within the Odyssey and makes use of them to demonstrate the huge and various influence that Homer’s paintings has had on all demeanour of inquiry, expression, and paintings. She strains the text’s pervasive thread of effect from the tragedies of classical Athens and the burlesque of Aristophanes to its modern creative reinterpretations in literature, theatre, opera, well known tune, movie, and technology fiction. In contemplating the mark of the Odyssey at the smooth international international, corridor seems to be at how the poem affected colonialism and the frontier mentality within the American West, the way it engendered modern attitudes towards intercourse, dying, conflict, philosophy, violence, and race, and the ways that the Odyssey kinds the spine of modern day psychology.

Accessibly written and well timed, The go back of Ulysses establishes the Odyssey as the founding textual content of Western Civilization and gives an immense contribution to the examine of Homer’s epic poem, in addition to smooth perception into its cultural reception and carrying on with imprint on society.

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Theatre and the State in 20th Century Ireland: Cultivating by Lionel Pilkington

By Lionel Pilkington

This significant new examine provides a political and cultural background of a few of Ireland's key nationwide theatre tasks from the Nineties to the Nineteen Nineties. Impressively wide-ranging in assurance, Theatre and the kingdom in Twentieth-Century eire: Cultivating the People comprises discussions on:
*the politics of the Irish literary stream on the Abbey Theatre earlier than and after political independence;
*the function of a state-sponsored theatre for the post-1922 unionist govt in Northern Ireland;
*the convulsive results of the Northern eire clash on Irish theatre.
Lionel Pilkington attracts on a mix of archival study and significant readings of person performs, masking works by means of J. M. Synge, Sean O'Casey, Lennox Robinson, T. C. Murray, George Shiels, Brian Friel, and Frank McGuinness. In its insistence at the information of historical past, this can be a e-book very important to an individual drawn to Irish tradition and politics within the 20th century.

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Virtual Theatres: An Introduction by Gabriella Giannachi

By Gabriella Giannachi

The first full-length booklet of its sort to provide an research of the interface among theatre, functionality and electronic arts, Virtual Theatres offers the theatre of the twenty-first century during which every thing - even the viewer - should be simulated.

In this interesting quantity, Gabriella Giannachi analyzes the cultured issues of present computer-arts practices via dialogue of quite a few artists and performers including:

* blast concept * Merce Cunningham * Eduardo Kac * compelled leisure * Lynn Hershman * Jodi Orlan * Guillermo G?mez-Pe?a * Marcel-l? Ant?nez Roca * Jeffrey Shaw * Stelarc.

Virtual Theatres not just permits a reinterpretation of what's attainable on the planet of functionality perform, but in addition demonstrates how 'virtuality' has come to symbolize a huge parameter for our knowing and adventure of latest paintings and life.

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Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatre (Studies by Jeanette R. Malkin, Freddie Rokem

By Jeanette R. Malkin, Freddie Rokem

Whereas it's common wisdom that Jews have been well known in literature, track, cinema, and technological know-how in pre-1933 Germany, the attention-grabbing tale of Jewish co-creation of recent German theatre is much less frequently mentioned. but for a quick time, through the moment Reich and the Weimar Republic, Jewish artists and intellectuals moved clear of a segregated Jewish theatre to paintings inside of canonic German theatre and function venues, claiming the ideal to join the very cloth of German tradition. Their involvement, in particular within the theatre capital of Berlin, used to be of a huge importance either numerically and when it comes to strength and impression. The essays during this stimulating assortment etch onto the normal view of contemporary German theatre the historical past and conflicts of its Jewish members within the final 3rd of the 19th and primary 3rd of the 20th centuries and remove darkness from the impression of Jewish ethnicity within the production of the modernist German theatre. The nontraditional kinds and issues often called modernism date approximately from German unification in 1871 to the top of the Weimar Republic in 1933. this can be additionally the interval while Jews bought complete criminal and alternate equality, which enabled their possession and directorship of theatre and function venues. the intense creative concepts that Germans and Jews co-created through the fairly brief interval of this period of creativity reached around the previous assumptions, traditions, and prejudices that had separated humans because the glossy arts sought to reformulate human family from the principles to the pinnacles of society. The essayists, writing from a number of views, carve out historic overviews of the function of theatre within the structure of Jewish id in Germany, the placement of Jewish theatre artists within the cultural vortex of imperial Berlin, the position performed by means of theatre in German Jewish cultural schooling, and the effect of Yiddish theatre on German and Austrian Jews and on German theatre. They view German Jewish theatre task via Jewish philosophical and demanding views and think about very important genres in which Jewish artists have been fairly widespread: the Cabaret and Expressionist theatre. ultimately, they supply close-ups of the Jewish artists Alexander Granach, Shimon Finkel, Max Reinhardt, and Leopold Jessner. via probing the interaction among “Jewish” and “German” cultural and cognitive identities established within the box of theatre and function and querying the impression of theatre on Jewish self-understanding, they upload to the richness of intercultural realizing in addition to to the complicated historical past of theatre and function in Germany.

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Howard Barker's Theatre of Seduction (Routledge Harwood by Charles Lamb

By Charles Lamb

This paintings offers a learn of British playwright Howard Barker. the writer starts off by means of evaluating Barker to Edward Bond with the purpose of unveiling what he perceives as being their diametrically hostile suggestions concerning the functionality of drama. This publication additionally seems to be at Barker opposed to the realm of deconstructive and postmodern suggestion, which ends up in the author's "Theory of Seduction", during which Barker's performs are thought of from an perspective derived from Baudrillard's rules approximately seduction.

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Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects by John Bell

By John Bell

Puppets and mask are relevant to a few of the oldest all over the world different types of artwork making and function, in addition to a few of the most modern. within the 20th century, French symbolists, Russian futurists and constructivists, Prague tuition semioticians, and avant-garde artists worldwide have all explored the experimental, social, and political worth of appearing items. in recent times, puppets, mask, and gadgets were the focal point of Broadway musicals, postmodernist thought, political spectacle, functionality artwork, and new educational courses, for instance, on the California Institute of the Arts.This quantity, which initially seemed as a different factor of TDR/The Drama overview, seems to be at puppets, mask, and different acting gadgets from a large variety of views. the subjects contain Stephen Kaplin's new conception of puppet theater according to distance and ratio, a historic review of mechanical and electric appearing gadgets, a Yiddish puppet theater of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, an account of the Bread and Puppet Theater's household Resurrection Circus and a manifesto by way of its founder, Peter Schumann, and interviews with director Julie Taymor and Peruvian mask-maker Gustavo Boada. The ebook additionally comprises the 1st English translation of Pyotr Bogatyrev's influential 1923 essay on Czech and Russian puppet and folks theaters.Contributors John Bell, Pyotr Bogatyrev, Stephen Kaplin, Edward Portnoy, Richard Schechner, Peter Schumann, Salil Singh, Theodora Skipitares, Mark Sussman, Steve Tilllis.

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After Neorealism: Italian Filmmakers and Their Films; Essays by Bert Cardullo

By Bert Cardullo

The time period 'neorealism' was once first utilized through the critic Antonio Pietrangeli to Visconti's 'Ossessione' (1942), and the fashion got here to fruition within the mid-to-late forties in such motion pictures of Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica as 'Rome, Open urban' (1945), 'Shoeshine' (1946), 'Paisan' (1947), 'Bicycle Thieves' (1948), and 'The Earth Trembles' (1948). those photos reacted not just opposed to the banality that had lengthy been the dominant mode of Italian cinema, but in addition opposed to winning socioeconomic stipulations in Italy. With minimum assets, the neorealist filmmakers labored in genuine destinations utilizing area people in addition to expert actors; they improvised their scripts, as want be, on web site; and, their motion pictures conveyed a strong experience of the plight of normal contributors oppressed through political conditions past their keep watch over. hence Italian neorealism was once the 1st postwar cinema to free up filmmaking from the unreal confines of the studio and, by means of extension, from the Hollywood-originated studio procedure. yet neorealism was once the expression of a whole ethical or moral philosophy, in addition, and never easily simply one other new cinematic variety. 'After Neorealism: Italian Filmmakers and Their movies' is an try, via essays and interviews, to chronicle what occurred to neorealism after the disappearance of the forces that produced it - global conflict II, the resistance, and liberation, by means of the postwar reconstruction of a morally, politically, and economically devastated society. in reality, neorealism didn't disappear: it replaced its shape yet now not its profoundly humanistic issues, looking on the filmmaker and the movie. Neorealistic stylistic and thematic ideas were perpetuated not just through the 1st iteration of administrators who succeeded latter-day neorealists like Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, but additionally via the second one iteration of auteurs to be successful those artists. between contributors of that first iteration we could count number Ermanno Olmi, together with his compassionate experiences of working-class practical 'Il Posto' (1961), and Francesco Rosi, together with his full of life assaults at the abuse of strength akin to 'Salvatore Giuliano' (1961). they're joined, between others, through Pier Paolo Pasolini ('Accattone', 1961), Vittorio De Seta ('Banditi a Orgosolo', 1961), Marco Bellocchio ('I pugni in tasca', 1965), and the Taviani brothers, Vittorio and Paolo ('Padre Padrone', 1977). And those filmmakers themselves were via Gianni Amelio ('Stolen Children', 1990), Nanni Moretti ('The Mass Is Ended', 1988), Giuseppe Tornatore ('Cinema Paradiso', 1988), and Maurizio Nichetti ('The Icicle Thief', 1989). From this varied staff, 'After Neorealism: Italian Filmmakers and Their motion pictures' contains interviews with, and essays approximately, Olmi, Pasolini, Amelio, and Moretti, with items in addition on such seminal figures as Visconti, Fellini, and Antonioni. additionally integrated are a protracted, contextualizing advent, filmographies of the administrators handled during this booklet, and bibliographies of books approximately them in addition to approximately Italian cinema ordinarily.

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