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Barbara Baert

Interruptions and Transitions: Essays on the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture is an anthology of the most recent works by Barbara Baert, discussing the connection between the experiences of the senses in the medieval and early modern visual culture, the hermeneutics of imagery, and the limits and possibilities of contemporary Art Sciences.
The six chapters include Pentecost, Noli me tangere, the woman with an issue of blood, the Johannesschüssel, the dancing Salome, and the role of the wind.
The reader is shown a medieval and early modern visual culture as a history of artistic solutions, as the fascinating approach between biblical texts, plastic imagination, and the art-scientific métier. This makes him a privileged guest in a unique in-between space where humans and their artistic expression can meet existentially.
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Fashion and Contemporaneity

Realms of the Visible


This book represents the voices of scholars, fashion designers, bloggers and artists, who speak to the pervasive nature of fashion in matters of politics, history, economics, sociology, religion, culture, art and identity. Dialogically open, the volume offers a broad apprehension of visual matter in the global contemporary context with fashion at its core, exploring its metamorphosing, media-oriented, and ‘disordered’ modes of being in the early twenty-first century. The book’s contributors consider topics of universal import stemming from the realm of fashion, its dissemination and impact, from institutional, corporate, collective and individual perspectives, considering the morphing, interchanging and revolutionary quality of the visual realm as the basis for continued research in fashion studies. Contributors are Shari Tamar Akal, Jess Berry, Naomi Braithwaite, Claire Eldred, Sarah Heaton, Hilde Heim, Demetra Kolakis, Sarah Mole, Lynn S. Neal, Laura Petican, Cecilia Winterhalter, Manrutt Wongkaew.
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Time, Consciousness and Writing

Peter Malekin Illuminating the Divine Darkness


Time, Consciousness and Writing brings together a collection of critical reflections on Peter Malekin’s “model of the mind”, which he saw as a crucial yet often neglected aspect of critical theory in relation to theatre, literature and the arts. The volume begins with a selection of Peter Malekin’s own writings that lay out his critique of western culture, its overstated claims to universal competence and validity, and lays out an alternative view of consciousness that draws partly on Asian traditions and partly on underground traditions from the west. The essays that follow, commissioned for this volume, critically examine Malekin’s ideas, drawing out their implications in a variety of contexts including theatre, liturgical performance, poetry and literature. The book ends with an assessment of future prospects opened by this work.
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Nada Saab and Robert Myers

In Modern and Contemporary Political Theater from the Levant, A Critical Anthology, Robert Myers and Nada Saab provide a sense of the variety and complexity of political theater produced in and around the Levant from the 1960s to the present within a context of wider discussions about political theater and the histories and forms of performance from the Islamic and Arab worlds. Five major playwrights are studied, ʿIsam Mahfuz, from Lebanon; Muhammad al-Maghut and Saʿd Allah Wannus, from Syria; Jawad al-Asadi, from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon; and Raʾida Taha, from Palestine. The volume includes translations of their plays The Dictator, The Jester, The Rape, Baghdadi Bath and Where Would I Find Someone Like You, ʿAli?, respectively.
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Marie Vieux Chauvet’s Theatres

Thought, Form, and Performance of Revolt


Marie Vieux Chauvet’s Theatres: Thought, Form, and Performance of Revolt at once reflects and acts upon the praxis of theatre that inspired Marie Vieux Chauvet, while at the same time provides incisively new cultural studies readings of how form, thought, and performance of revolt undergird both her theatre and her prose. As a Haitian woman who came to worldwide fame thanks in part to Simone de Beauvoir’s support, Chauvet, like many free-minded Caribbean women of the African diaspora, was quickly banned from the public sphere. As such, for decades her work was largely ignored. Following on a renewed interest in Chauvet Studies, this interdisciplinary collection makes essential contributions to fields like Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, and Postcolonial Global South Feminisms.

Contributors are: Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Stéphanie Bérard, Christian Flaugh, Gabrielle Gallo, Jeremy Matthew Glick, Kaiama L. Glover, Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Cae Joseph Massena, Nehanda Loiseau, Judith G. Miller, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Anthony Phelps, Ioana Pribiag, Charlee M. Redman, Guy Regis Jr, and Lena Taub Robles.
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A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1925-1950 is the first publication to deal with the avant-garde in the Nordic countries in this period. The essays cover a wide range of avant-garde manifestations: literature, visual arts, theatre, architecture and design, film, radio, body culture and magazines. It is the first major historical work to consider the Nordic avant-garde in a transnational perspective that includes all the arts and to discuss the role of the avant-garde not only within the aesthetic field but in a broader cultural and political context: the pre-war and wartime responses to international developments, the new cultural institutions, sexual politics, the impact of refugees and the new start after the war.
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"Images d’action"

Claude-François Ménestrier’s Theoretical Writings on Images: Excerpts, Translations, and Commentary / Die bildtheoretischen Schriften Claude-François Ménestriers. Auswahl, Übersetzung und Kommentar

Die dreisprachige Anthologie stellt erstmals Texte des wohl bedeutendsten französischen Bild-, Theater-, Tanz- und Festtheoretikers des 17. Jahrhunderts, Claude-François Ménestrier (1631-1705), in einem Band zusammen und versieht sie mit einführenden Kommentaren.
Claude-François Ménestrier, Jesuit, Universalgelehrter, Organisator von zahlreichen Festen, Herrschereinzügen und Balletten und Verfasser von über hundert Schriften zur Emblematik, Numismatik, Heraldik, zum Ballett, Musiktheater, Feuerwerk, zu Ritterspielen, Herrschereinzügen und öffentlichen Spektakeln unterschiedlichster Art unternahm in seinem Werk eine Gesamtschau geistiger und materieller Bilder.
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

The relationship between religion and dance is as old as humankind. Contemporary methods for studying this relationship date back a century. The difference between these two time frames is significant: scholars are still developing theories and methods capable of illuminating this vast history that take account of their limited place within it. A History of Theory and Method in the Study of Religion and Dance takes on a primary challenge of doing so: overcoming a conceptual dichotomy between “religion” and “dance” forged in the colonial era that justified western Christian hostility towards dance traditions across six continents over six centuries. Beginning with its enlightenment roots, LaMothe narrates a selective history of this dichotomy, revealing its ongoing work in separating dance studies from religious studies. Turning to the Bushmen of the African Kalahari, LaMothe introduces an ecokinetic approach that provides scholars with conceptual resources for mapping the generative interdependence of phenomena that appear as “dance” and/or “religion.”
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Volksschule des Theaters

Nationalsozialistische Massenspiele

Evelyn Annuß

Als Volksschule des Theaters werden populistische Massenspiele nach der Machtübernahme entwickelt. Modern choreographiert, sollen sie das kollektive Bedürfnis hervorrufen, formiert und geführt zu werden. Dabei allerdings wandelt sich ihre Ästhetik grundlegend von einem chorischen Theater, das von der Liturgie und vom kollektiven Auftreten her gedacht wird, zum spektakulären Event.

So zeugt die bislang ungeschriebene Formgeschichte dieser Massenspiele exemplarisch von veränderten affektpolitischen Regierungskünsten im Nationalsozialismus. Nach deren Formspezifika und Fortleben fragend, untersucht Evelyn Annuß die gouvernementale Dimension des NS-Massentheaters, analysiert zeitgenössische mediale Dispositivwechsel, internationale wie innenpolitische Konkurrenzen und die widersprüchliche Relation zwischen Propaganda und künstlerischer Avantgarde.
Aus dem Inhalt:
I. Regierungskünste
II. Medien
III. Inszenierungskonkurrenzen
IV. Architekturtheater
V. Thingspiele
VI. Landschaftsbühne
VII. Formfusionen
VIII. Blickführungen