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Edited by Teresa Bela, Clarinda Calma and Jolanta Rzegocka

Publishing Subversive Texts in Elizabeth England and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth offers recent research in book history by analysing the impact of early modern censorship on book circulation and information exchange in Elizabethan England and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In fourteen articles, the various aspects of early modern subversive publishing and impact of censorship on the intellectual and cultural exchange in both England and Poland-Lithuania are thoroughly discussed.

The book is divided into three main parts. In the first part, the presence and impact of British recusants in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth are discussed. Part two deals with subversive publishing and its role on the intellectual culture of the Elizabethan Settlement. Part three deals with the impact of national censorship laws on book circulation to the Continent.

Philologie et théâtre

Traduire, commenter, interpréter le théâtre antique en Europe (XVe – XVIIIe siècle)

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Edited by Véronique Lochert and Zoé Schweitzer

Après avoir été longtemps réduites à des recueils de sentences morales ou à des modèles rhétoriques, les pièces des grands dramaturges grecs et latins reconquièrent, à la fin du XVe siècle, une part importante de leur théâtralité. Le travail des traducteurs, situé au carrefour de l’explication philologique et de l’appropriation culturelle, est un élément essentiel de ce renouveau.
Le théâtre occupe une place centrale parmi les œuvres antiques éditées et commentées par les Renaissants, et dans leurs réflexions sur l’Antiquité, mais pose de nombreux problèmes d’interprétation. Comment lire ces textes destinés à la scène et dont une pleine compréhension engage le ressaisissement d’un monde révolu?
Les contributions réunies dans ce volume explorent la diversité des pratiques européennes du XVe au XVIIIe siècle afin de mieux mettre en valeur le rôle joué par la traduction dans le nouveau statut du texte dramatique. Elles éclairent la dimension herméneutique de la traduction, son apport à la réflexion théorique sur le théâtre et la place du spectacle antique dans la Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes.

The Rhythm of Space and the Sound of Time

Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique in the 21st Century

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Cynthia Ashperger

The Rhythm of Space and the Sound of Time examines the place of Chekhov’s Technique in contemporary acting pedagogy and practice. Cynthia Ashperger answers the questions: What are the reasons behind the technique’s current resurgence? How has this cohesive and holistic training been brought into today’s mainstream acting training? What separates this technique from the other currently popular methods?
Ashperger offers an analysis of the complex philosophical influences that shaped Chekhov’s ideas about this psycho-physical approach to acting. Chekhov’s five guiding principles are introduced to demonstrate how eastern ideas and practices have been integrated into this western technique and how they have continued to develop on both theoretical and practical levels in contemporary pedagogy, thereby rendering it intercultural.
The volume also focuses on the work of several contemporary teachers of the technique associated with Michael Chekhov International Association (MICHA). Current teacher training is described as well as the different modes of hybridization of Chekhov’s technique with other current methods.
Contemporary practical experiments and some fifty exercises at both beginner and intermediate/advanced levels are presented through analysis, examples, student journals and case studies, delineating the sequences in which units are taught and specifying the exercises that differ from those in Chekhov’s original writing.
This book is for practitioners as well as students of the theatre.

Mallarmé hors frontières

Des défis de l’Œuvre au filon symbolique du premier théâtre maeterlinckien

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Maria de Jesus Cabral

Mallarmé hors frontières s’attache à dessiner un nouveau profil de Mallarmé et à découvrir la mobilité de sa pensée, contrariant certaines caractérisations irrémédiablement associées à son nom – hermétisme, obscurité, misanthropie vis-à-vis de la réalité historique –, résultant de lectures fragmentaires, souvent essentialistes de son œuvre.
L’impact de Mallarmé sur le Symbolisme est pourtant majeur. A partir de 1885 surtout, on assiste à une convergence d’idées, puis à un regroupement d’un vaste éventail de poètes autour du « maître » de la rue de Rome. Eclectique, « franco-étrangère », cosmopolite, cette génération est à l’image même du mouvement : on ne peut l’enfermer dans des frontières strictes, créant une dynamique d’échanges tout à fait exemplaire entre Paris et la Belgique.
Parmi les jeunes écrivains débutant dans l’effervescence symboliste, Maurice Maeterlinck est rapidement devenu un nom de proue de la rénovation du théâtre français. Auteur de La Princesse Maleine et de la célèbre Pelléas et Mélisande, le poète-dramaturge belge commence non seulement sa carrière sous les encouragements de Mallarmé, comme ses pièces révèlent de nombreuses passerelles avec l’ œuvre du maître français, chez qui la recherche d’un théâtre nouveau constitue peut-être le véritable fil d’Ariane, depuis Hérodiade, le Faune et Igitur, jusqu’aux textes de la maturité.
Le premier théâtre maeterlinckien a donné à des principes comme la suggestion, l’effet et le mystère une dimension “active”, créant un filon symbolique du projet de Mallarmé, hors frontières, au seuil de la modernité.

The Art of Commedia

A Study in the Commedia dell’Arte 1560–1620 with Special Reference to the Visual Records

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M A Katritzky

Italian comedians attracted audiences to performances at every level, from the magnificent Italian, German and French court festival appearances of Orlando di Lasso or Isabella Andreini, to the humble street trestle lazzi of anonymous quacks. The characters they inspired continue to exercise a profound cultural influence, and an understanding of the commedia dell’arte and its visual record is fundamental for scholars of post-1550 European drama, literature, art and music. The 340 plates presented here are considered in the light of the rise and spread of commedia stock types, and especially Harlequin, Zanni and the actresses. Intensively researched in public and private collections in Oxford, Munich, Florence, Venice, Paris and elsewhere, they complement the familiar images of Jacques Callot and the Stockholm Recueil Fossard within a framework of hundreds of significant pictures still virtually unknown in this context. These range from anonymous popular prints to pictures by artists such as Ambrogio Brambilla, Sebastian Vrancx, Jan Bruegel, Louis de Caulery, Marten de Vos, and members of the Valckenborch and Francken clans. This volume, essential for commedia dell’arte specialists, represents an invaluable reference resource for scholars, students, theatre practitioners and artists concerned with commedia-related aspects of visual, dramatic and festival culture, in and beyond Italy.

Historicising Beckett / Issues of Performance

Beckett dans l’histoire / En jouant Beckett

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Edited by Marius Buning, Matthijs Engelberts, Sjef Houppermans, Dirk Van Hulle and Danièle de Ruyter-Tognotti

Theatre Australia (Un)limited

Australian theatre since the 1950s

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Geoffrey Milne

Theatre Australia (Un)limited tells a truly national story of the structures of post-war Australian theatre: its artists, companies, financial and policy underpinnings. It gives an inclusive analysis of three ‘waves’ of Australian theatrical activity after 1953, and the types of organisations which grew up to support and maintain them. Subsidy, repertoire patterns, finances and administration, theatre buildings, companies, festivals and notable productions of the commercial, mainstream and alternative Australian theatre are examined state by state, and changes to governmental policy analysed. Theatrical forms comprise not only spoken-word drama, but also music theatre, comedy, theatre-restaurant, circus, puppetry, community theatre in several forms and new mixed-media genres: physical theatre, circus, visual theatre and contemporary performance.
Theatre Australia (Un)limited is the first comprehensive overview of the fortunes of Australian theatre as a national enterprise, providing the industrial analysis of the ‘three waves’ essential for the understanding of the New Wave and of contemporary drama.

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Sjef Houppermans

Samuel Beckett & Compagnie est l’histoire d’une quête infinie à la recherche de l’autre.
L’autre tel qu’il échoit dans les textes, surgit dans les figures théâtrales, se faufile parmi les ombres. Cette Compagnie sera mal vue et mal dite avant de s’évader « Cap au Pire ».
La Compagnie, c’est aussi Marcel Proust, Claude Simon, Robert Pinget, Christian Oster, Gilles Deleuze.

August Strindberg and the Other

New Critical Approaches

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Edited by Poul Houe, Sven Hakon Rossel and Göran Stockenström

The recent sesquicentennial of August Strindberg's (1849-1912) birth was an appropriate occasion for investigating the role of this towering figure in Nordic literature. By Eugene O'Neill once labeled the most modern of moderns, Strindberg the playwright has commanded a prophetic influence on 20th century drama and theater, and his voluminous production in several other genres continues to constitute a watershed and some of the highpoints in Swedish letters.
Yet, Strindberg remains as controversial today as he was in his lifetime. The nature and degree of his modernity are still under discussion, and so is the impact of his remarkable genre-proliferation and border-transgressing Swedishness. Once considered too unruly for the pillars of society and too pious for the radicals, his artistic and existential points of gravity remain in critical dispute. Generally subjected to traditional modes of inquiry, Strindberg's complexity calls for new critical approaches.
Strindberg and the Other brings together scholars, younger and older, from Scandinavia and abroad, who either venture such new approaches or engage their practitioners in fruitful dialogue. Especially promising among the volume's methodological and theoretical propositions is the notion of the 'other' and 'otherness.' Indeed, the image of August Strindberg himself is quite an-other at this millennium than it was just half a century ago.