Cromwell, Johann Fust, Der Fächer (Libretto)
Edited by Hans-Gert Roloff
Edited by Sarah Joan Moran and Amanda C. Pipkin
The authors of this interdisciplinary volume highlight women’s experiences of social class, as family members, before the law, and as authors, artists, and patrons, as well as the workings of gender in art and literature. In studies ranging from microhistories to surveys, the book reveals the Low Countries as a remarkable historical laboratory for its topic and points to the opportunities the region holds for future scholarly investigations.
Contributors include: Martine van Elk, Martha Howell, Martha Moffitt Peacock, Sarah Joan Moran, Amanda Pipkin, Katlijne van der Stighelen, Margit Thøfner, Diane Wolfthal
Richard Wagner and the Articulation of a German Opera, 1798-1876
Kasper Bastiaan van Kooten
Edited by Maciej Witek and Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka
Contributors are: Brian Ball, Cristina Corredor, Anita Fetzer, Milada Hirschová, Dennis Kurzon, Marcin Matczak, Marina Sbisà, Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka, Maciej Witek, and Mateusz Włodarczyk.
Thought, Form, and Performance of Revolt
Edited by Christian Flaugh and Lena Taub Robles
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 Bezilla, Guy Régis Jr, and Lena Taub Robles.
This collection is a beautiful gathering of voices exploring Chauvet’s theatrical work, along with the role of theatre in her novels. The richly textured and evocatively written essays offer many new and necessary insights into the work of one of Haiti’s greatest writers.
— Laurent Dubois, Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History, Duke University. Author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History
This collection draws necessary critical attention to how theatre and performance animate the work of a key figure in Caribbean fiction and drama. Using an innovative scholarly and artistic approach, the collection incorporates leading and new voices in Haitian studies and Francophone studies on Chauvet’s depictions of revolt.
— Soyica Diggs Colbert, Professor of African American Studies and Theater & Performance Studies, Georgetown University. Author of Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics
Peter Malekin Illuminating the Divine Darkness
Edited by Robert Eddy and Theo Malekin
Edited by Andrés Pociña Pérez, Aurora López, Carlos Ferreira Morais, Maria de Fátima Silva and Patrick Finglass
Edited by Maciej Witek and Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka
This paper explores the field of speech act norms, shedding some light upon their variety, in particular as regards the different roles they play in the dynamics of illocution. A threefold distinction is proposed: constitutive rules, upon which the performance of illocutionary acts depends; maxims, based on rational motivations, encoding regulative advice for optimal speech act performance in the perspective of the participants; and objective requirements for the overall correctness of the accomplished speech act with regard to the situation in the world to which it relates. These three kinds of norms engender three different sorts of penalty when not complied with. Some examples applying the proposed distinction to speech act types provide a very limited test of its potential as a descriptive framework. Of the three kinds of norms, only constitutive rules can be said to be conventional, since they establish procedures that are repeatable and recognizable from one occasion to another and whose function (bringing about changes in the deontic roles of the participants) is only exercised against a background of social agreement: therefore, one may conceive of all speech acts as conventional for certain aspects and non-conventional for others.
Legal philosophers distinguish between a static and a dynamic interpretation of law. The former assumes that the meaning of the words used in a legal text is set at the moment of its enactment and does not change with time. The latter allows the interpreters to update the meaning and apply a contemporary understanding to the text. The philosophy of language seems to provide greater support to the static approach to legal interpretation. Within this approach, represented by the theory of legal interpretation called ‘originalism’, interpretation is a quest for the speaker/lawmaker’s intention or the public meaning that prevailed at the time of enactment. Neither the intention nor the public meaning are considered to have changed over time. In this paper I argue that the philosophy of language provides the dynamic approach with an equally robust support as it does the static one. This support comes from an externalist perspective in semantics, rooted in philosophical pragmatism and supported by Ruth Millikan’s concept of meaning as proper function and a Peircean idea of semeiosis. Grounding the dynamic approach in a well-founded linguistic philosophy rises to the challenge presented by the originalists’ declaration that ‘it takes a theory to beat a theory’.