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Variations on Racinian Excuses
This comparative literary study re-evaluates the reciprocal relationship between tragic drama and current approaches to guilt and extenuation. Focussing on Racine but ranging widely, it sheds original light on tragic archetypes (Phaedra, Oedipus, Clytemnestra, Medea and others) through the lenses of performance theory and modern attitudes towards blame.
Tragic drama and legal systems both aim to evaluate the merits of excuses provided on behalf of perpetrators of catastrophic acts. Edward Forman wittily and provocatively explores modern judicial concepts – diminished responsibility, provocation, trauma, ignorance, scapegoating – through the responses of characters in tragedy. Attention is paid to the way in which classical plays (ancient Greek and seventeenth-century French) have been re-interpreted in performance in the light of modern perceptions of human responsibility and helplessness.
The current erotic landscape is contradictory: While the West sees greater sexual and erotic freedom than ever, there is also a movement to restrict the behaviour of various sexual minorities. Expanding and Restricting the Erotic addresses the way in which the erotic has been constrained and freed, both historically and at present. Topics range from the troubling way in which the mainstream media represents the erotic, to the concept of friends with benefits. Other chapters explore female eroticism, from contemporary female hip hop artists to Latin American women seeking to express their eroticism in the midst of sexual repression. Medieval and Early Modern medical conceptions of the female body are explored, as are ancient Greek erotic practices. Finally, the controversial area of teenage girls’ erotic representation is analysed.
Connecting East and West in Cultural Animal Studies
Animals and Their People: Connecting East and West in Cultural Animal Studies, edited by Anna Barcz and Dorota Łagodzka, provides a zoocentric insight into philosophical, artistic, and literary problems in Western, Anglo-American, and Central-Eastern European context. The contributors go beyond treating humans as the sole object of research and comprehension, and focus primarily on non-human animals. This book results from intellectual exchange between Polish and foreign researchers and highlights cultural perspective as an exciting language of animal representation. Animals and Their People aims to bridge the gap between Anglo-American and Central European human-animal studies.
Ethical Exchanges in Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy examines compelling ethical issues that concern practitioners and scholars in the fields of translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. Its 11 essays, written by academic theorists as well as scholar-practitioners, represent a rich diversity of philosophies and perspectives, and reflect a broad international frame of reference: Asia, Europe, North America, and Australasia. They also traverse a wide range of theatrical forms: classic and contemporary playwrights from Shakespeare to Ibsen, immersive and interactive theatre, verbatim theatre, devised and community theatre, and postdramatic theatre.
In examining the ethics of specific artistic practices, the book highlights the significant continuities between translation, adaptation, and dramaturgy; it considers the ethics of spectatorship; and it identifies the tightly interwoven relationship between ethics and politics.

Evolution and Human Culture argues that values, beliefs, and practices are expressions of individual and shared moral sentiments. Much of our cultural production stems from what in early hominins was a caring tendency, both the care to share and a self-care to challenge others. Topics cover prehistory, mind, biology, morality, comparative primatology, art, and aesthetics. The book is valuable to students and scholars in the arts, including moral philosophers, who would benefit from reading about scientific developments that impact their fields. For biologists and social scientists the book provides a window into how scientific research contributes to understanding the arts and humanities. The take-home point is that culture does not transcend nature; rather, culture is an evolved moral behavior.
In The Marriage of Aesthetics and Ethics, fifteen authors reflect on the nature of friendship and love and on the complex relation between art and morality.

Karl Verstrynge, Vincent Caudron, Anne Christine Habbard, and Walter Jaeschke draw from authors from Aristotle to Derrida, Montaigne to Kierkegaard, and Hegel to Blanchot to discuss friendship and love. Andreas Arndt, Paul Cobben, Paul Cruysberghs, Gerbert Faure, Simon Truwant, and Margherita Tonon focus on the connection between aesthetics and ethics in the works of Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, Cassirer, and Adorno. Baldine Saint Girons, Stéphane Symons, Marlies De Munck, Stijn De Cauwer, and Willem Styfhals explore the connection between ethical and aesthetic issues in photography, film, music, literature, and the visual arts.
Tout en étant influencée par la théorie esthétique d’Adorno ainsi que par la pensée deleuzienne, L’éthique beckettienne et sa réalisation dans la forme ne cherche pas à formuler son sujet à travers un système philosophique. L’étude se propose bien plus de le développer à partir et à travers les œuvres de Beckett. Plus précisément, elle retrace l’éthique beckettienne au fil d’une analyse portant sur le contenu des œuvres, sur les réflexions poétologiques de Beckett ainsi que sur les évolutions formelles de l’œuvre, évolutions qui ne sont pas seulement décelées dans les œuvres tardives et leurs innovations médiatiques mais dans l’ensemble de la prose et du théâtre de Beckett. Un chapitre sur les préférences de Beckett concernant la peinture illustre les liens entre esthétique et éthique dans l’univers beckettien. Des chapitres sur Sartre, Camus et Ionesco axés autour des sujets de la liberté et de la solitude humaine précisent l’originalité de l’éthique beckettienne, éthique ni moderne, ni postmoderne, mais tout à fait pertinente.
Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness
Written across the disciplines of art history, literature, philosophy, sociology, and theology, the ten essays comprising the collection all insist on multidimensional definitions of evil.
Taking its title from a moment in Shakespeare’s Tempest when Prospero acknowledges his responsibility for Caliban, this collection explores the necessarily ambivalent relationship between humanity and evil. To what extent are a given society’s definitions of evil self-serving? Which figures are marginalized in the process of identifying evil? How is humanity itself implicated in the production of evil? Is evil itself something fundamentally human? These questions, indicative of the kinds of issues raised in this collection, seem all the more pressing in light of recent world events.
The ten essays were originally presented at the First Global Conference on Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, held in March 2000 in Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.
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The essays collected here represent the latest thinking on postmodernism in a number of key areas: economics, law, postcolonialism, literature, feminism, film, philosophy. One of the issues common to the volume is the desire to cast postmodernism in a predominantly ethical ('just') light, and the opportunities and obstacles postmodernism might place in the path of the description of, and search for, justice. The collection highlights the most recent trends in postmodern thinking, the turn away from postmodernism as mere discourse and language games to a more politically and socially engaged forum. The book will be of interest to all students of contemporary cultural, social and critical thought.