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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.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn.
Evil women, who are they really? What are their motives, and how are they remembered and constructed within our culture? Evil Women: Representations within Literature, Culture and Film seeks to interrogate the nature and construction of evil women in the above fields. Through literature, poetry, history, ballads, film and real-life culture, scholars explore how the evil woman has been constructed and, in some cases, erased; the punishment and treatment of evil women; and the way evil women have been portrayed on and off screen through character, narrative and behind the camera development.
Den thematischen Schwerpunkt der Reihe bilden die Dramen der Gegenwart mit Blick auf ihre Bühneninszenierungen. Neben den literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlichen sowie theaterwissenschaftlichen Studien zu zeitgenössischen, vorwiegend europäischen Dramen werden in dieser Schriftenreihe zugleich Resultate von synchronen oder diachronen Forschungen präsentiert, die sich den Tendenzen in der Entwicklung der heutigen Bühnendichtkunst widmen. Die Reihe stellt somit Forschungsergebnisse zu dem Umfeld des Dramas (als textlichem Phänomen) und seiner Aufführung vor, wobei literaturwissenschaftliche, kulturelle, theoretische, aber auch komparatistische Aspekte im Fokus stehen sollen.
Die Herausgeber:innen der Reihe sind offen für Monografien, Sammelbände, Qualifikationsschriften sowie für Tagungsergebnisse und Bibliografien, die ein Peer-Review-Verfahren durchlaufen. Die Auswahl erfolgt unter Einbeziehung eines internationalen Advisory Boards. Über die Aufnahme der Manuskripte entscheidet das Editorial Board.
The thematic focus of the series is on contemporary dramas with a view to their stage productions. In addition to studies in literary and cultural studies as well as theater studies on contemporary, predominantly European dramas, this series also presents the results of synchronous or diachronic research devoted to the tendencies in the development of contemporary stage poetry. The series thus presents research results on the environment of drama (as a textual phenomenon) and its performance, focusing on literary, cultural, theoretical, but also comparative aspects.
The series is open to monographs, edited volumes, qualifying papers, as well as conference proceedings and bibliographies that undergo a peer-review process. Selection will involve an international advisory board. The Editorial Board decides on the acceptance of manuscripts.
Transmissions, Receptions, and Regional Contexts
Japan on the Jesuit Stage offers a comprehensive overview of the representations of Japan in early modern European Neo-Latin school theater. The chapters in the volume catalog and analyze representative plays which were produced in the hundreds all over Europe, from the Iberian Peninsula to present-day Croatia and Poland.

Taking full account of existing scholarship, but also introducing a large amount of previously unknown primary material, the contributions by European and Japanese researchers significantly expand the horizon of investigation on early modern European theatrical reception of East Asian elements and will be of particular interest to students of global history, Neo-Latin, and theater studies.
Author: Paul Hammond
Are we free agents? This perennial question is addressed by tragedy when it dramatizes the struggle of individuals with supernatural forces, or maps the inner conflict of a mind divided against itself.

The first part of this book follows the adaptations of four myths as they migrate from classical Greek tragedy to Seneca and on to seventeenth-century France: the stories of Agamemnon, Oedipus, Medea, and Phaedra. Detailed linguistic analysis charts the playwrights’ contrasting assumptions about agency and autonomy. In the second part, six plays by Corneille and Racine are discussed to show how the problem of agency and free will is explored in scenarios which show protagonists who are in thrall to their past, to their rulers, or to their own ideals.
Black Neo-Victoriana is the first book-length study on contemporary re-imaginations of Blackness in the long nineteenth century. Located at the intersections of postcolonial studies, Black studies, and neo-Victorian criticism, this interdisciplinary collection engages with the global trend to reimagine and rewrite Black Victorian subjectivities that have been continually marginalised in both historical and cultural discourses. Contributions cover a range of media, from novels and drama to film, television and material culture, and draw upon cultural formations such as Black fandom, Black dandyism, or steamfunk. The book evidences how neo-Victorian studies benefits from reading re-imaginations of the long nineteenth century vis-à-vis Black epistemologies, which unhinge neo-Victorianism’s dominant spatial and temporal axes and reroute them to conceive of the (neo-)Victorian through Blackness.
Paradigmen der Störung in Dramentexten und Bühnenkonzepten nach 2000
In exemplarischen Studien aus literatur-, theater- und medienwissenschaftlicher Perspektive beleuchtet der Band das wechselseitige Verhältnis von Theater und Krise und rekurriert dabei auf die Tatsache, dass das Drama seit jeher eine Antwort auf kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Krisen darstellt – weist es doch mit der Peripetie ein ästhetisches Modell der Krise auf, in dem das Moment der Entscheidung zwischen Heilung und Katastrophe fokussiert, gespiegelt und verfremdet wird. Zugleich fungiert Bühnenkunst selbst als Motor gesellschaftlicher Emergenz, ist sie doch in der Lage, bestehende Ordnungen in Frage zu stellen, vermeintliche Sicherheiten zu erschüttern und Normalitäten zu stören, um sie auf diese Weise überhaupt ins Bewusstsein zu rufen.
Yoga, Meditation and Performance
Author: Lou Prendergast
In Conscious Theatre Practice: Yoga, Meditation, and Performance, Lou Prendergast charts a theatre research project in which the notion of Self-realisation and related contemplative practices, including Bikram Yoga and Vipassana meditation, are applied to performance. Coining the term ‘Conscious Theatre Practice’, Prendergast presents the scripts of three publicly presented theatrical performances, examined under the ‘three C’s’ research model: Conscious Craft (writing, directing, performance; Conscious Casting; Conscious Collaborations.
The findings of this autobiographical project fed into a working manifesto for socially engaged theatre company, Black Star Projects. Along the way, the research engages with methodological frameworks that include practice-as-research, autoethnography, phenomenology and psychophysical processes, as well immersive yoga and meditation practice; while race, class and gender inequalities underpin the themes of the productions.
Beckett’s Voices / Voicing Beckett uses ‘voice’ as a prism to investigate Samuel Beckett’s work across a range of texts, genres, and performance cultures. Twenty-one contributors, all members of the Samuel Beckett Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research, discuss the musicality of Beckett’s voices, the voice as ‘absent other’, the voices of the vulnerable, the cinematic voice, and enacted voices in performance and media. The volume engages not only with Beckett’s history and legacy, but also with many of the central theoretical issues in theatre studies as a whole. Featuring testimonies from Beckett practitioners as well as emerging and established scholars, it is emblematic of the thriving and diverse community that is twenty-first century Beckett Studies.

Contributors: Svetlana Antropova, Linda Ben-Zvi, Jonathan Bignell, Llewellyn Brown, Julie Campbell, Thirthankar Chakraborty, Laurens De Vos, Everett C. Frost, S. E. Gontarski, Mariko Hori Tanaka, Nicholas E. Johnson, Kumiko Kiuchi, Anna McMullan, Melissa Nolan, Cathal Quinn, Arthur Rose, Teresa Rosell Nicolás, Jürgen Siess, Anna Sigg, Yoshiko Takebe, Michiko Tsushima
Volume Editors: Sandra Dinter and Johanna Marquardt
Often thought of as a thing of the past, nationalism remains surprisingly resilient in the postcolonial era, especially since the concepts of multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism have lost authority in recent years. The contributions assembled in Nationalism and the Postcolonial examine various forms, representations, and consequences of past and present nationalisms in languages, popular culture, and literature in or associated with Australia, Canada, England, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago Bringing together perspectives from linguistics, political science, cultural studies, and literary studies, the collection illustrates how postcolonial nationalism functions as a unifying mechanism of anti-colonial nation-building as well as a divisive force that can encourage discrimination and violence.

Contributors: Natascha Bing, Prachi Gupta, Ralf Haekel, Kathrin Härtl, Idreas Khandy, Theresa Krampe, Lukas Lammers, Arhea Marshall, Hannah Pardey, Sina Schuhmaier, Hanna Teichler, Michael Westphal