Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre
Author: P.A. Skantze
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2003-09-02
ISBN: 1134447264
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre Book Excerpt:

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre provides a comprehensive examination of this aesthetic theory. The author investigates this aesthetic history as a form of artistic creation, philosophical investigation, a way of representing and manipulating ideas about gender and a way of acknowledging, reinforcing and making a critique of social values for the still and moving, the permanent and elapsing. The book's analysis covers the entire seventeenth-century with chapters on the work of Ben Jonson, John Milton, the pamphletheatre, Aphra Behn, John Vanbrugh and Jeremy Collier and will be of interest to scholars in the areas of literary and performance studies.

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth century Theatre

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth century Theatre
Author: P. A. Skantze
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780415286688
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth century Theatre Book Excerpt:

In the seventeenth century, emerging practices such as print, collecting and performance influenced early modern discussions of stillness and motion.

The Seventeenth Century Literature Handbook

The Seventeenth Century Literature Handbook
Author: Robert C. Evans,Eric J. Sterling
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2009-12-10
ISBN: 1441155449
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Seventeenth Century Literature Handbook Book Excerpt:

The Seventeenth-Century Literature Handbook is an accessible, authoritative and comprehensive introduction to English literature in the seventeenth century. It provides a one-stop resource for literature students, with the essential information and guidance needed at the beginning of a course through to the development of more advanced knowledge and skills. It includes: - introductions to authors, texts and contexts - guides to key critics, concepts and topics - an overview of major critical approaches, changes in the canon and directions of current and future research - case studies in reading literary and critical texts - an annotated bibliography (including websites), timeline, glossary of critical terms. Written in clear language by leading academics, it is an indispensable starting point for students beginning their study of seventeenth-century literature.

Renaissance Drama 35

Renaissance Drama 35
Author: Mary Floyd-Wilson,Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.
Publsiher: Northwestern University Press
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2006-06-22
ISBN: 0810123657
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Renaissance Drama 35 Book Excerpt:

Renaissance Drama, an annual and interdisciplinary publication, is devoted to drama and performance as a central feature of Renaissance culture. The essays in each volume explore traditional canons of drama, the significance of performance (broadly construed) to early modern culture, and the impact of new forms of interpretation on the study of Renaissance plays, theatre, and performance. This special issue of Renaissance Drama "Embodiment and Environment in Early Modern Drama and Performance" is guest-edited by Mary Floyd-Wilson and Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. Anatomized, fragmented, and embarrassed, the body has long been fruitful ground for scholars of early modern literature and culture. The contributors suggest, however, that period conceptions of embodiment cannot be understood without attending to transactional relations between body and environment. The volume explores the environmentally situated nature of early modern psychology and physiology, both as depicted in dramatic texts and as a condition of theatrical performance. Individual essays shed new light on the ways that travel and climatic conditions were understood to shape and reshape class status, gender, ethnicity, national identity, and subjectivity; they focus on theatrical ecologies, identifying the playhouse as a "special environment" or its own "ecosystem," where performances have material, formative effects on the bodies of actors and audience members; and they consider transactions between theatrical, political, and cosmological environments. For the contributors to this volume, the early modern body is examined primarily through its engagements with and operations in specific environments that it both shapes and is shaped by. Embodiment, these essays show, is without borders.

Writing Geometry and Space in Seventeenth Century England and America

Writing  Geometry and Space in Seventeenth Century England and America
Author: Jess Edwards
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2020-10-12
ISBN: 1134358369
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing Geometry and Space in Seventeenth Century England and America Book Excerpt:

The early modern map has come to mark the threshold of modernity, cutting through the layered customs of Medieval parochialism with its clean, expansive geometries. Re-thinking the role played by mathematics and cartography in the English seventeenth century, this book argues that the cultural currency of mathematics was as unstable in the period as that of England's controversial enclosures and plantations. Reviewing evidence from a wide range of literary and scientific; courtly and pragmatic texts, Edwards suggests that its unstable currency rendered mathematics necessarily rhetorical: subject to constant re-negotiation. Yet he also finds a powerful flexibility in this weakness. Mathematized texts from masques to maps negotiated a contemporary ambivalence between Calvinist asceticism and humanist engagement. Their authors promoted themselves as artful guides between virtue and profit; the study and the marketplace. This multi-disciplinary work will be of interest to all disciplines affected by the recent 'spatial turn' in early modern cultural studies, and particularly to students and researchers in literature, history and geography.

The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe

The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe
Author: Catherine Richardson,Tara Hamling,David Gaimster
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 486
Release: 2016-09-13
ISBN: 1317042840
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe Book Excerpt:

The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe marks the arrival of early modern material culture studies as a vibrant, fully-established field of multi-disciplinary research. The volume provides a rounded, accessible collection of work on the nature and significance of materiality in early modern Europe – a term that embraces a vast range of objects as well as addressing a wide variety of human interactions with their physical environments. This stimulating view of materiality is distinctive in asking questions about the whole material world as a context for lived experience, and the book considers material interactions at all social levels. There are 27 chapters by leading experts as well as 13 feature object studies to highlight specific items that have survived from this period (defined broadly as c.1500–c.1800). These contributions explore the things people acquired, owned, treasured, displayed and discarded, the spaces in which people used and thought about things, the social relationships which cluster around goods – between producers, vendors and consumers of various kinds – and the way knowledge travels around those circuits of connection. The content also engages with wider issues such as the relationship between public and private life, the changing connections between the sacred and the profane, or the effects of gender and social status upon lived experience. Constructed as an accessible, wide-ranging guide to research practice, the book describes and represents the methods which have been developed within various disciplines for analysing pre-modern material culture. It comprises four sections which open up the approaches of various disciplines to non-specialists: ‘Definitions, disciplines, new directions’, ‘Contexts and categories’, ‘Object studies’ and ‘Material culture in action’. This volume addresses the need for sustained, coherent comment on the state, breadth and potential of this lively new field, including the work of historians, art historians, museum curators, archaeologists, social scientists and literary scholars. It consolidates and communicates recent developments and considers how we might take forward a multi-disciplinary research agenda for the study of material culture in periods before the mass production of goods.

Theatre Exhibition and Curation

Theatre  Exhibition  and Curation
Author: Georgina Guy
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2016-04-20
ISBN: 1317564804
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre Exhibition and Curation Book Excerpt:

Examining the artistic, intellectual, and social life of performance, this book interrogates Theatre and Performance Studies through the lens of display and modern visual art. Moving beyond the exhibition of immaterial art and its documents, as well as re-enactment in gallery contexts, Guy's book articulates an emerging field of arts practice distinct from but related to increasing curatorial provision for ‘live’ performance. Drawing on a recent proliferation of object-centric events of display that interconnect with theatre, the book approaches artworks in terms of their curation together and re-theorizes the exhibition as a dynamic context in which established traditions of display and performance interact. By examining the current traffic of ideas and aesthetics moving between theatricality and curatorial practice, the study reveals how the reception of a specific form is often mediated via the ontological expectations of another. It asks how contemporary visual arts and exhibition practices display performance and what it means to generalize the ‘theatrical’ as the optic or directive of a curatorial concept. Proposing a symbiotic relation between theatricality and display, Guy presents cases from international arts institutions which are both displayed and performed, including the Tate Modern and the Guggenheim, and assesses their significance to the enduring relation between theatre and the visual arts. The book progresses from the conventional alignment of theatricality and ephemerality within performance research and teases out a new temporality for performance with which contemporary exhibitions implicitly experiment, thereby identifying supplementary modes of performance which other discourses exclude. This important study joins the fields of Theatre and Performance Studies with exciting new directions in curation, aesthetics, sociology of the arts, visual arts, the creative industries, the digital humanities, cultural heritage, and reception and audience theories.

Moving Shakespeare Indoors

Moving Shakespeare Indoors
Author: Andrew Gurr,Farah Karim-Cooper
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2014-03-06
ISBN: 1107040639
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Moving Shakespeare Indoors Book Excerpt:

This book examines the conditions of the original performances in seventeenth-century indoor theatres.

Metropolitan Tragedy

Metropolitan Tragedy
Author: Marissa Greenberg
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2015
ISBN: 1442648805
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Metropolitan Tragedy Book Excerpt:

Breaking new ground in the study of tragedy, early modern theatre, and literary London, Metropolitan Tragedy demonstrates that early modern tragedy emerged from the juncture of radical changes in London's urban fabric and the city's judicial procedures. Marissa Greenberg argues that plays by Shakespeare, Milton, Massinger, and others rework classical conventions to represent the city as a locus of suffering and loss while they reflect on actual sources of injustice in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century London: structural upheaval, imperial ambition, and political tyranny. Drawing on a rich archive of printed and manuscript sources, including numerous images of England's capital, Greenberg reveals the competing ideas about the metropolis that mediated responses to theatrical tragedy. The first study of early modern tragedy as an urban genre, Metropolitan Tragedy advances our understanding of the intersections between genre and history.

Shakespeare and the Making of Theatre

Shakespeare and the Making of Theatre
Author: Paul Edmondson,Bridget Escolme
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2012-10-18
ISBN: 135031692X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare and the Making of Theatre Book Excerpt:

A highly engaging text that approaches Shakespeare as a maker of theatre, as well as a writer of literature. Leading performance critics dismantle Shakespeare's texts, identifying theatrical cues in ways which develop understanding of the underlying theatricality of Shakespeare's plays and stimulate further performances.

Voice in Motion

Voice in Motion
Author: Gina Bloom
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-04-19
ISBN: 0812201310
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Voice in Motion Book Excerpt:

Voice in Motion explores the human voice as a literary, historical, and performative motif in early modern English drama and culture, where the voice was frequently represented as struggling, even failing, to work. In a compelling and original argument, Gina Bloom demonstrates that early modern ideas about the efficacy of spoken communication spring from an understanding of the voice's materiality. Voices can be cracked by the bodies that produce them, scattered by winds when transmitted as breath through their acoustic environment, stopped by clogged ears meant to receive them, and displaced by echoic resonances. The early modern theater underscored the voice's volatility through the use of pubescent boy actors, whose vocal organs were especially vulnerable to malfunction. Reading plays by Shakespeare, Marston, and their contemporaries alongside a wide range of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century texts—including anatomy books, acoustic science treatises, Protestant sermons, music manuals, and even translations of Ovid—Bloom maintains that cultural representations and theatrical enactments of the voice as "unruly matter" undermined early modern hierarchies of gender. The uncontrollable physical voice creates anxiety for men, whose masculinity is contingent on their capacity to discipline their voices and the voices of their subordinates. By contrast, for women the voice is most effective not when it is owned and mastered but when it is relinquished to the environment beyond. There, the voice's fragile material form assumes its full destabilizing potential and becomes a surprising source of female power. Indeed, Bloom goes further to query the boundary between the production and reception of vocal sound, suggesting provocatively that it is through active listening, not just speaking, that women on and off the stage reshape their world. Bringing together performance theory, theater history, theories of embodiment, and sound studies, this book makes a significant contribution to gender studies and feminist theory by challenging traditional conceptions of the links among voice, body, and self.

Shakespeare Re dressed

Shakespeare Re dressed
Author: James C. Bulman
Publsiher: Associated University Presse
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2008
ISBN: 9780838641149
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare Re dressed Book Excerpt:

"This collection covers a wide range of Shakespeare productions, from Granville Barker and Poel's experiments with cross-gender casting to recent performances by Cheek by Jowl, the National Theatre, and the new Globe; from early twentieth-century performances by women's companies in England and Japan to contemporary stagings by the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company; from Mabou Mines' controversial Lear in New York to a more subtly transgressive Tempest by the Georgia Shakespeare Festival." "These essays are comprehensive in their consideration of cross-gender-cast Shakespeare as it evolved over the past century. Theoretically informed yet grounded in the particularity of individual performances, they forge new connections between performance studies and gender theory and broach issues vital to anyone interested in Shakespeare."--BOOK JACKET.

Ivo van Hove

Ivo van Hove
Author: Susan Bennett,Sonia Massai
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2018-07-12
ISBN: 1350031550
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ivo van Hove Book Excerpt:

This book offers a wealth of resources, critical overviews and detailed analysis of Ivo van Hove's internationally acclaimed work as the foremost director of theatre, opera and musicals in our time. Stunning production photos capture the power of van Hove's directorial vision, his innovative use of theatrical spaces, and the arresting stage images that have made his productions so popular among audiences worldwide over the last 30 years. Van Hove's own contribution to the book, which includes a foreword, interview and his director's notes for some of his most popular shows, makes this book a unique resource for students, scholars and for his fans across the different art forms in which he works. An informative introduction provides an overview of van Hove's unique approach to directing, while five sections, individually curated by experts in the respective fields of Shakespeare, classical theatre, modern theatre, opera, musicals, film, and international festival curatorship, offer readers a combination of critical insight and short excerpts by van Hove's collaborators, the actors in the ensemble companies van Hove works with in Amsterdam and New York, and by arts critics and reviewers.

Shakespeare beyond English

Shakespeare beyond English
Author: Susan Bennett,Christie Carson
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2013-08-29
ISBN: 1107435471
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare beyond English Book Excerpt:

Tackling vital issues of politics, identity and experience in performance, this book asks what Shakespeare's plays mean when extended beyond the English language. From April to June 2012 the Globe to Globe Festival offered the unprecedented opportunity to see all of Shakespeare's plays performed in many different world languages. Thirty-eight productions from around the globe were presented in six weeks as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which formed a cornerstone of the Cultural Olympics. This book provides the only complete critical record of that event, drawing together an internationally renowned group of scholars of Shakespeare and world theatre with a selection of the UK's most celebrated Shakespearean actors. Featuring a foreword by Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole and an interview with the Festival Director Tom Bird, this volume highlights the energy and dedication that was necessary to mount this extraordinary cultural experiment.

Milton and the Early Modern Culture of Devotion

Milton and the Early Modern Culture of Devotion
Author: Naya Tsentourou
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2017-09-08
ISBN: 1351736396
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Milton and the Early Modern Culture of Devotion Book Excerpt:

Miton and Early Modern Devotional Culture analyses the representation of public and private prayer in John Milton’s poetry and prose, paying particular attention to the ways seventeenth-century prayer is imagined as embodied in sounds, gestures, postures, and emotional responses. Naya Tsentourou demonstrates Milton’s profound engagement with prayer, and how this is driven by a consistent and ardent effort to experience one’s address to God as inclusive of body and spirit and as loaded with affective potential. The book aims to become the first interdisciplinary study to show how Milton participates in and challenges early modern debates about authentic and insincere worship in public, set and spontaneous prayers in private, and gesture and voice in devotion.

Dance as Text

Dance as Text
Author: Mark Franko
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN: 0190466057
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dance as Text Book Excerpt:

Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body is a historical and theoretical examination of French court ballet over a hundred-year period, beginning in 1573, that spans the late Renaissance and early baroque. Utilizing aesthetic and ideological criteria, author Mark Franko analyzes court ballet librettos, contemporary performance theory, and related commentary on dance and movement in the literature of this period. Examining the formal choreographic apparatus that characterizes late Valois and early Bourbon ballet spectacle, Franko postulates that the evolving aesthetic ultimately reflected the political situation of the noble class, which devised and performed court ballets. He shows how the body emerged from verbal theater as a self-sufficient text whose autonomy had varied ideological connotations, most important among which was the expression of noble resistance to the increasingly absolutist monarchy. Franko's analysis blends archival research with critical and cultural theory in order to resituate the burlesque tradition in its politically volatile context. Dance as Text thus provides a picture of the complex theoretical underpinnings of composite spectacle, the ideological tensions underlying experiments with autonomous dance, and finally, the subversiveness of Molière's use of court ballet traditions.

Speed and Flight in Shakespeare

Speed and Flight in Shakespeare
Author: Matthew Steggle
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 140
Release: 2022
ISBN: 3030936570
Category: Electronic books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Speed and Flight in Shakespeare Book Excerpt:

Shakespeare's plays are fascinated by the problems of speed and flight. They are repeatedly interested in humans, spirits, and objects that move very fast; become airborne; and in some cases even travel into space. In Speed and Flight in Shakespeare, the first study of any kind on the subject, Steggle looks at how Shakespeare's language explores ideas of speed and flight, and what theatrical resources his plays use to represent these states. Shakespeare has, this book argues, an aesthetic of speed and flight. Featuring chapters on The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Macbeth and The Tempest, this study opens up a new field around the "historical phenomenology" of early modern speed. Matthew Steggle is Professor of English at the University of Bristol, UK. His research interests include early modern literature and drama, with a particular focus on "historicized performance studies", and "acoustic approaches" to early modern drama. His publications include four monographs on early modern drama; editions of plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, and Brome; and dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters. Steggle is also Co-editor of the AHRC-funded Oxford Works of John Marston project, and of the Lost Plays Database. .

A Cultural History of Tragedy in the Modern Age

A Cultural History of Tragedy in the Modern Age
Author: Jennifer Wallace
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2021-05-20
ISBN: 135015511X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Cultural History of Tragedy in the Modern Age Book Excerpt:

In this book leading scholars come together to provide a comprehensive, wide-ranging overview of tragedy in theatre and other media from 1920 to the present. The 20th century is often considered to have witnessed the death of tragedy as a theatrical genre, but it was marked by many tragic events and historical catastrophes, from two world wars and genocide to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the anticipation and onset of climate change. The authors in this volume wrestle with this paradox and consider the degree to which the definitions, forms and media of tragedy were transformed in the modern period and how far the tragic tradition-updated in performance-still spoke to 20th- and 21st-century challenges. While theater remains the primary focus of investigation in this strikingly illustrated book, the essays also cover tragic representation-often re-mediated, fragmented and provocatively questioned-in film, art and installation, photography, fiction and creative non-fiction, documentary reporting, political theory and activism. Since 24/7 news cycles travel fast and modern crises cross borders and are reported across the globe more swiftly than in previous centuries, this volume includes intercultural encounters, various forms of hybridity, and postcolonial tragic representations. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus: forms and media; sites of performance and circulation; communities of production and consumption; philosophy and social theory; religion, ritual and myth; politics of city and nation; society and family, and gender and sexuality.

Voice Studies

Voice Studies
Author: Konstantinos Thomaidis,Ben Macpherson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2015-05-22
ISBN: 1317611039
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Voice Studies Book Excerpt:

Voice Studies brings together leading international scholars and practitioners, to re-examine what voice is, what voice does, and what we mean by "voice studies" in the process and experience of performance. This dynamic and interdisciplinary publication draws on a broad range of approaches, from composing and voice teaching through to psychoanalysis and philosophy, including: voice training from the Alexander Technique to practice-as-research; operatic and extended voices in early baroque and contemporary underwater singing; voices across cultures, from site-specific choral performance in Kentish mines and Australian sound art, to the laments of Kraho Indians, Korean pansori and Javanese wayang; voice, embodiment and gender in Robertson’s 1798 production of Phantasmagoria, Cathy Berberian radio show, and Romeo Castellucci’s theatre; perceiving voice as a composer, listener, or as eavesdropper; voice, technology and mobile apps. With contributions spanning six continents, the volume considers the processes of teaching or writing for voice, the performance of voice in theatre, live art, music, and on recordings, and the experience of voice in acoustic perception and research. It concludes with a multifaceted series of short provocations that simply revisit the core question of the whole volume: what is voice studies?

Cinematic Journeys

Cinematic Journeys
Author: Dimitris Eleftheriotis
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2010-04-30
ISBN: 0748633138
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cinematic Journeys Book Excerpt:

Cinematic Journeys explores the interconnected histories, theories and aesthetics of mobile vision and cinematic movement. It traces the links between certain types of movement of/in the frame and broader cultural trends that have historically informed Western sensibilities. It contextualises that genealogy with detailed analysis of contemporary and recent 'travel films' as well as older works.The book investigates how movements of exploration, discovery and revelation are activated in specific cinematic narratives of travelling and displacement. Such narratives are analysed with attention to the mass population movements and displacements that form their referential background.Cinematic Journeys also examines the ways in which travelling affects film itself. Case studies focus on films as travelling commodities (with the popularity of Indian films in Greece in the 1950s and 60s as case study); and, through a study of subtitles, on the category of the 'foreign spectator' (who in the encounter with 'foreign' films moves across cultural borders).Films considered in the book include Sunrise, Slow Motion, Hukkle, Death in Venice, Voyage to Italy, The Motorcycle Diaries, Koktebel, Japon, Blackboards, Ulysses' Gaze, and the work of directors Tony Gatliff and Fatih Akin.