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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.
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.
Paradigmen der Störung in Dramentexten und Bühnenkonzepten nach 2000
Aus literatur-, theater- und medienwissenschaftlicher Perspektive beleuchten die Beiträge des Bandes das wechselseitige Verhältnis zwischen Theater und Krise, nicht zuletzt mit Blick auch auf aktuelle Krisen.
Einerseits stellt das Drama seit jeher eine Antwort auf kulturelle und gesellschaftliche Krisen dar, 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. Andererseits fungiert Bühnenkunst selbst als Motor gesellschaftlicher Emergenz, ist sie doch in der Lage, bestehende Ordnungen zu gefährden, vermeintliche Sicherheiten zu erschüttern und Normalitäten zu stören, um sie auf diese Weise überhaupt ins Bewusstsein zu rufen. Untersucht werden vorwiegend Arbeiten seit 2000.
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
Author: Jane Gilmer
The Alchemical Actor offers an imagination for new and future theatre inspired by the manifesto of Antonin Artaud. The alchemical four elements – earth, water, air and fire and the four alchemical stages – nigredo, albedo, citrino and rubedo serve as initiatory steps towards the performance of transmutational consciousness. The depth psychological work of Carl G. Jung, the theatre techniques of Michael Chekhov and Rudolf Steiner infuse ‘this’ Great Work. Jane Gilmer leads the reader through alchemical imaginations beyond material cognition towards gold-making heart-thinking - key to new and future theatre.
Le nouveau fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon analyse les facettes étranges du fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon, écrivain contemporain appelé le « King » ou « Lovecraft » français. Andrevon propose une nouvelle vision du fantastique ancré profondément dans le quotidien contemporain, en apparence monotone et banal, dans lequel évoluent aussi bien ses personnages que ses lecteurs. L’auteur révèle ainsi le revers angoissant du monde, qui devient une source d’horreur puissante car familière au lecteur : catastrophes naturelles (pandémies mystérieuses, désastres climatiques, fin de l’Anthropocène) et historiques (guerres, totalitarismes), problèmes sociaux et psychologiques (folie, psychoses collectives, solitude). Un signe emblématique du fantastique andrevonien est également son dialogue avec le cinéma d’horreur.

Le nouveau fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon analyses the uncanny facets of the fantastic by Jean-Pierre Andrevon, a contemporary writer called “the French Stephen King” or “the French H.P. Lovecraft". Andrevon presents a new vision of the fantastic, deeply rooted in contemporary everyday life, seemingly monotonous and banal, in which both his characters and his readers evolve. Thus, the author reveals a different, harrowing side of the world familiar to the reader, as it turns into a powerful source of horror: natural catastrophes (mysterious pandemics, climate-related disasters, end of the Anthropocene), historical tragedies (wars, totalitarianism), social and psychological problems (madness, collective psychosis, loneliness). Another hallmark of Andrevonian fantastic is its dialogue with horror cinema.
Essays in Late Medieval and Humanist Drama
Series:  Ludus, Volume: 16
Volume Editors: Peter Happé and Wim Hüsken
Staging History unites essays by nine specialists in the field of late medieval and early Renaissance drama. Their focus is on English, Dutch and Humanist German drama, as well as on a modern Swiss adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Featuring prominently in this book are plays by, among others, John Bale, Jacob Schoepper, Johannes Agricola and Jacob Duym. Special attention is also paid to the Croxton Play of the Sacrament and the Dutch abele spelen.
So far this topic has not received wide attention within the world of medieval and early Renaissance studies. This exploration aims at arousing more interest in this field by scholars working on European drama from the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance.
This book constitutes a sociological research on the current “narrations” of the economic and refugee crisis which has mobilized all the aspects of social storytelling during the last decade, most particularly in the European South. Because the different (mass and social) media reflect the dominant ideas and representations, the research on the meaning of different media narratives becomes a necessary report for the understanding of the relation (or “inexistent dialogue”?) between official political discourses and popular myths (based on everyday life values of prosperity, mostly promoted by the mass culture and the cultural industries’ products). Despite the ongoing inequalities and difficulties, the contemporary audiences seem to counterbalance misery by the dreams of happiness, provided by this kind of products.

Contributors include: Christiana Constantopoulou, Amalia Frangiskou, Evangelia Kalerante, Laurence Larochelle, Debora Marcucci, Valentina Marinescu, Albertina Pretto, Maria Thanopoulou, Joanna Tsiganou, Vasilis Vamvakas, and Eleni Zyga.