On The Uses Of The Fantastic In Modern Theatre

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On the Uses of the Fantastic in Modern Theatre

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The book reveals how the fantastic is used in modern theatre as a manipulative device to encode the unspeakable and control audience response, challenging conventional readings of all authors who use the fantastic.

The Theatre of the Occult Revival

The Theatre of the Occult Revival Pdf/ePub eBook Author: E. Lingan
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The Theatre of the Occult Revival by E. Lingan Summary

This book explores the religious foundations, political and social significance, and aesthetic aspects of the theatre created by the leaders of the Occult Revival. Lingan shows how theatre contributed to the fragmentation of Western religious culture and how contemporary theatre plays a part in the development of alternative, occult religions.

The Drama of Marriage

The Drama of Marriage Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Clum
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The Drama of Marriage by J. Clum Summary

In studying performances of marriage in modern and contemporary British and American drama, Clum highlights the fact that - paradoxically - at a time when theatre was both popular entertainment and high culture, many of the most commercially and artistically successful plays about marriage were written by homosexual men. Beginning with Oscar Wilde and focusing on some of the most successful British and American playwrights of the past century, including Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward, Terence Rattigan, and Emlyn Williams in England and Clyde Fitch, George Kelly, Tennessee Williams, William Inge, and Edward Albee in the US, The Drama of Marriagelooks at how the plays they wrote about heterosexual marriage continue to impact contemporary gay playwrights and the depiction of marriage today.

Patricia A. McKillip and the Art of Fantasy World-Building

Patricia A. McKillip and the Art of Fantasy World-Building Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Audrey Isabel Taylor
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Patricia A. McKillip and the Art of Fantasy World-Building by Audrey Isabel Taylor Summary

From wondrous fairy-lands to nightmarish hellscapes, the elements that make fantasy worlds come alive also invite their exploration. This first book-length study of critically acclaimed novelist Patricia A. McKillip’s lyrical other-worlds analyzes her characters, environments and legends and their interplay with genre expectations. The author gives long overdue critical attention to McKillip’s work and demonstrates how a broader understanding of world-building enables a deeper appreciation of her fantasies.

The Group Theatre

The Group Theatre Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Helen Krich Chinoy
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The Group Theatre , a groundbreaking ensemble collective, started the careers of many top American theatre artists of the twentieth century and founded what became known as Method Acting. This book is the definitive history, based on over thirty years of research and interviews by the foremost theatre scholar of the time period, Helen Chinoy.

The Education of a Circus Clown

The Education of a Circus Clown Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Carlyon
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2017 Freedley Award Finalist, Theatre Library Association 2016 Best Circus Book of the Year, Stuart Thayer Prize, Circus Historical Society The 1960s American hippie-clown boom fostered many creative impulses, including neo-vaudeville and Ringling's Clown College. However, the origin of that impulse, clowning with a circus, has largely gone unexamined. David Carlyon, through an autoethnographic examination of his own experiences in clowning, offers a close reading of the education of a professional circus clown, woven through an eye-opening, sometimes funny, occasionally poignant look at circus life. Layering critical reflections of personal experience with connections to wider scholarship, Carlyon focuses on the work of clowning while interrogating what clowns actually do, rather than using them as stand-ins for conceptual ideas or as sentimental figures.

Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China

Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China Pdf/ePub eBook Author: S. Liu
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Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China by S. Liu Summary

In Shanghai in the early twentieth century, a hybrid theatrical form, wenmingxi, emerged that was based on Western spoken theatre, classical Chinese theatre, and a Japanese hybrid form known as shinpa. This book places it in the context of its hybridized literary and performance elements, giving it a definitive place in modern Chinese theatre.

The New Humor in the Progressive Era

The New Humor in the Progressive Era Pdf/ePub eBook Author: R. DesRochers
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By tracing the effects of unprecedented immigration, the advent of the new woman, and the little-known vaudeville careers of performers like the Elinore Sisters, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers, DesRochers examines the relation between comedic vaudeville acts and progressive reformers as they fought over the new definition of "Americanness."

Child Labor in the British Victorian Entertainment Industry

Child Labor in the British Victorian Entertainment Industry Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dyan Colclough
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Child Labor in the British Victorian Entertainment Industry by Dyan Colclough Summary

Child labor greatly contributed to the cultural and economic success of the British Victorian theatrical industry. This book highlights the complexities of the battle for child labor laws, the arguments for the needs of the theatre industry, and the weight of opposition that confronted any attempt to control employers.

Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage

Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage Pdf/ePub eBook Author: M. Schwartz
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Class Divisions on the Broadway Stage by M. Schwartz Summary

Examining twenty-five years of theatre history, this book covers the major plays that feature representations of the Industrial Workers of the World. American class movement and class divisions have long been reflected on the Broadway stage and here Michael Schwartz presents a fresh look at the conflict between labor and capital.

Uncle Tom's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen

Uncle Tom's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John W. Frick
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Uncle Tom's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen by John W. Frick Summary

No play in the history of the American Stage has been as ubiquitous and as widely viewed as Uncle Tom's Cabin . This book traces the major dramatizations of Stowe's classic from its inception in 1852 through modern versions on film. Frick introduce the reader to the artists who created the plays and productions that created theatre history.

Staging the Slums, Slumming the Stage

Staging the Slums, Slumming the Stage Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Westgate
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Staging the Slums, Slumming the Stage by J. Westgate Summary

Drawing on traditional archival research, reception theory, cultural histories of slumming, and recent work in critical theory on literary representations of poverty, Westgate argues that the productions of slum plays served as enactments of the emergent definitions of the slum and the corresponding ethical obligations involved therein.

American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice

American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice Pdf/ePub eBook Author: N. Pressley
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American Playwriting and the Anti-Political Prejudice by N. Pressley Summary

Twenty years after Tony Kushner's influential Angels in America seemed to declare a revitalized potency for the popular political play, there is a "No Politics" prejudice undermining US production and writing. This book explores the largely unrecognized cultural patterns that discourage political playwriting on the contemporary American stage.

Acts of Manhood

Acts of Manhood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: K. Kippola
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Exploring the performance of masculinity on and off the nineteenth-century American stage, this book looks at the shift from the passionate muscularity to intellectual restraint as not a linear journey toward national refinement; but a multitude of masculinities fighting simultaneously for dominance and recognition.

The Use of Asian Theatre for Modern Western Theatre

The Use of Asian Theatre for Modern Western Theatre Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Min Tian
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The Use of Asian Theatre for Modern Western Theatre by Min Tian Summary

This book is a historical study of the use of Asian theatre for modern Western theatre as practiced by its founding fathers, including Aurélien Lugné-Poe, Adolphe Appia, Gordon Craig, W. B. Yeats, Jacques Copeau, Charles Dullin, Antonin Artaud, V. E. Meyerhold, Sergei Eisenstein, and Bertolt Brecht. It investigates the theories and practices of these leading figures in their transnational and cross-cultural relationship with Asian theatrical traditions and their interpretations and appropriations of the Asian traditions in their reactional struggles against the dominance of commercialism and naturalism. From the historical and aesthetic perspectives of traditional Asian theatres, it approaches this intercultural phenomenon as a (Euro)centred process of displacement of the aesthetically and culturally differentiated Asian theatrical traditions and of their historical differences and identities. Looking into the displaced and distorted mirror of Asian theatre, the founding fathers of modern Western theatre saw, in their imagination of the 'ghostly' Other, nothing but a (self-)reflection or, more precisely, a (self-)projection and emplacement, of their competing ideas and theories preconceived for the construction, and the future development, of modern Western theatre.

Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance

Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Heather Davis-Fisch
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Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance by Heather Davis-Fisch Summary

In 1845, John Franklin's Northwest Passage expedition disappeared. The expedition left an archive of performative remains that entice one to consider the tension between material remains and memory and reflect on how substitution and surrogation work alongside mourning and melancholia as responses to loss.

Audrey Wood and the Playwrights

Audrey Wood and the Playwrights Pdf/ePub eBook Author: M. Barranger
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Audrey Wood and the Playwrights by M. Barranger Summary

From Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers to Arthur Kopit and Brian Friel, agent Audrey Wood encouraged and guided the unique talents of playwrights in the Broadway theatre of her day. Her quiet determination and burning enthusiasm brought America's finest mid-century playwrights to prominence and altered stage history.

A Sustainable Theatre

A Sustainable Theatre Pdf/ePub eBook Author: B. Witham
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A Sustainable Theatre by B. Witham Summary

Begun as an audacious experiment, for thirty years the Hedgerow Theatre prospered as America's most successful repertory company. While known for its famous alumnae (Ann Harding and Richard Basehart), Hedgerow's legacy is a living library of over 200 productions created by Jasper Deeter's idealistic and determined pursuit of 'truth and beauty.'

Rogue Performances

Rogue Performances Pdf/ePub eBook Author: P. Reed
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Rogue Performances recovers eighteenth and nineteenth-century American culture s fascination with outcast and rebellious characters. Highwaymen, thieves, beggars, rioting mobs, rebellious slaves, and mutineers dominated the stage in the period s most popular plays. Peter Reed also explores ways these characters helped to popularize theatrical forms such as ballad opera, patriotic spectacle, blackface minstrelsy, and melodrama. Reed shows how both on and offstage, these paradoxically powerful, persistent, and troubling figures reveal the contradictions of class and the force of the disempowered in the American theatrical imagination. Through analysis of both well known and lesser known plays and extensive archival research, this book challenges scholars to re-think their assumptions about the role of class in antebellum American drama.

Debating with the Eumenides

Debating with the Eumenides Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Vayos Liapis,Antonis Petrides,Maria Pavlou
Editor: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1527514676
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Debating with the Eumenides by Vayos Liapis,Antonis Petrides,Maria Pavlou Summary

Modern Greek national and cultural identities consist, to a considerable extent, of clusters of cultural memory, shaped by an ongoing dialogue with the classical past. Within this dialogue between modern Greece and classical antiquity, Greek tragedy takes pride of place. In this volume, ten scholars from Cyprus, Greece, the United Kingdom and the United States explore the various ways in which Greek tragedy and tragic myth have been reimagined and rewritten in modern Greek drama and poetry. The book’s extensive coverage includes major modern Greek authors, such as Cavafy, Seferis, and Ritsos, as well as less well-known, but equally rich and rewarding, 20th- and 21st-century texts.