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Women, Clothing, Cultural Representation and Modern Japan
This book, a unique contribution to the field of kimono and Japan-related clothing studies, challenges uncritical readings of clothing from the lives of Japanese women and cultural representations of women wearing these clothes. Chapters ground understandings of clothing, including kimono, in the lived experience of different groups of women in modern Japan.
Also discussing cosplay outside Japan, the collection argues that items worn by women are produced and consumed in a gendered and highly politicised socio-historical environment. Examining, for example, women’s recent renewed enthusiasm for kimono, in addition to representations of monpe, kimono and other attire in film and narrative, the book includes three new translations of clothing commentary by women writers from Japan.
Contributors are: Tomoko Aoyama, Yasuko Claremont, Sheila Cliffe, Barbara Hartley, Helen Kilpatrick, Emerald King, Machiko Iwahashi, Komashaku Kimi, Rio Otomo, Sata Ineko, Jennifer Scott, and Shirasu Masako.
Rooted in a range of approaches to the reception of classical drama, the chapters in this book reflect, in one way or another, that Greek and Roman drama in performance is an ongoing dialogue between the culture(s) of the original and the target culture of its translation/adaptation/performance. The individual case studies highlight the various ways in which the tradition of Greek and Roman plays in performance has been extremely productive, but also the ways in which it has engaged, at times dangerously, in political and social discourse.
A Translation of Mayama Seika’s Genroku Chūshingura
The revenge of the 47 rōnin is the most famous vendetta in Japanese history and it continues to inspire the popular imagination today. Written between 1934 and 1941, Mayama Seika’s ten-play cycle Genroku Chūshingura is a unique retelling of the incident based on his own painstaking research into the historical facts.
Considered a modern masterpiece, it now has a secure place in the Kabuki repertoire and many of the plays are still frequently performed.
For the first time, Seika’s monumental achievement is here translated into English in its complete and original form by three experienced experts in the field.
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Comment une femme pouvait-elle s’affirmer et faire carrière dans le monde du spectacle entre 1650 et 1914 ? Dans une perspective interdisciplinaire, les quinze études réunies dans ce volume apportent des éléments de réponse à travers l’analyse de parcours d’autrices, de compositrices et de performeuses aux profils très variés, actives dans les domaines du théâtre, de la danse et de l’opéra. Ces études proposent une meilleure compréhension et contextualisation des obstacles et préjugés auxquels ces artistes ont dû faire face dans un milieu socio-professionnel majoritairement masculin, ainsi qu’une interprétation analytique des stratégies artistiques et discursives mises en place pour les surmonter. Il en ressort une approche renouvelée et une meilleure connaissance de notre matrimoine culturel.

Work, Ideology, and Film under Socialism in Romania examines the cinematic architecture of work imaginary as developed through films produced between 1960 and 1989. This book provides rich insight into the intimate configuration of cinematic thinking of work and displays of this form of social life, with focus on the relationship between conceived and lived ideology of work during socialist modernization, on the relationship between individuals and political power in the (reflexive) experiences, and contexts of work.
The Hero on Stage from the Enlightenment to the Early Twenty-First Century
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Hercules Performed explores the reception of the ancient Greek hero Herakles – the Roman Hercules – on the western stage from the sixteenth century to the present day, focusing on live theatre, including tragedy, comedy and musical drama. Each chapter considers a particular work or theme in detail, exploring the interplay between classical models and a wide variety of modern performance contexts. The volume is one of four to be published in the Metaforms series examining the extraordinarily persistent figuring of Herakles-Hercules in western culture, drawing together scholars from a range of disciplines to offer a unique insight into the hero’s perennial appeal.
The series entitled Consciousness, Literature and the Arts is a scholarly line of books consisting of monographs (and thematic collections of articles), in the English language, dealing with a wide variety of areas, problems, and applications within the broad field of consciousness studies in relation to literature and the arts with all their sub-genres.

The book series Word and Music Studies is the central organ of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA), an association founded in 1997 to promote transdisciplinary scholarly inquiry devoted to the relations between literature/verbal texts/language and music. WMA aims to provide an international forum for musicologists, literary and cultural scholars with an interest in intermediality studies and in crossing cultural as well as disciplinary boundaries.
Word and Music Studies publishes theme-oriented volumes and monographs, documenting and critically assessing the scope, theory, methodology, and the disciplinary and institutional dimensions and prospects of the field on an international scale.

For specific information on the editing of WMS volumes and style information please visit the WMS Style Guide (under "Downloads", below).

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn.
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Against the backdrop of an insurgent far right and numerous deadly neo-Nazi attacks, various cultural practitioners have written far-right violence into Germany’s collective memory and imagined more inclusive futures in its wake. This volume explores contemporary examples from literature, music, theatre, film, television and art that respond to this situation. They demonstrate that, alongside the ways in which art expands the public sphere in terms of what is said and who is heard, aesthetic questions of how artistic works are presented are a crucial part of how they open up new perspectives.


Der Beitrag argumentiert anhand der Romane 89/90 von Peter Richter und Als ich mit Hitler Schnapskirschen aß von Manja Präkels, dass zahlreiche Texte der sogenannten Wendekinder-Generation die Themen von Gewalterfahrung und (politischer) Radikalisierung unter Jugendlichen in den frühen 1990er Jahren in den literarischen und öffentlichen Diskurs zur Wende- und Nachwendeerzählung einschreiben. Die Texte werden als Adoleszenzromane, Wendeliteratur und literarisches Archiv zur jugendlichen Subkultur der frühen 1990er Jahre betrachtet. Die neuen Freiheiten der Heranwachsenden werden durch die Ausbreitung eines rechten Spektrums eingeschränkt –Strategien im Umgang mit der aufkommenden Gewalt (Aufbruchsstimmung oder Desillusionierung) werden untersucht. Es wird beobachtet, dass es aus Sicht der Figuren weniger die weltpolitischen Ereignisse sind, die den Schritt zum Erwachsenwerden ausmachen; zentral stehen Verlust von Freundschaften, Spaltung der jugendlichen Gemeinschaft und Gewalterfahrung. Die Adoleszenz bildet hier metaphorisch Transformation ab und bietet so ein universell verständliches Erzählformat für die Erzählung über die Wende und Nachwendezeit.

In: Cultural Responses to the Far Right in Contemporary Germany