The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance

Author: Lynsey McCulloch

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190498795

Category: Music

Page: 904

View: 428

Shakespeare's texts have a long and close relationship with many different types of dance, from dance forms referenced in the plays to adaptations across many genres today. With contributions from experienced and emerging scholars, this handbook provides a concise reference on dance as both an integral feature of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and as a means of translating Shakespearean text into movement - a process that raises questions of authorship and authority, cross-cultural communication, semantics, embodiment, and the relationship between word and image. Motivated by growing interest in movement, materiality, and the body, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance is the first collection to examine the relationship between William Shakespeare - his life, works, and afterlife - and dance. In the handbook's first section - Shakespeare and Dance - authors consider dance within the context of early modern life and culture and investigate Shakespeare's use of dance forms within his writing. The latter half of the handbook - Shakespeare as Dance - explores the ways that choreographers have adapted Shakespeare's work. Chapters address everything from narrative ballet adaptations to dance in musicals, physical theater adaptations, and interpretations using non-Western dance forms such as Cambodian traditional dance or igal, an indigenous dance form from the southern Philippines. With a truly interdisciplinary approach, The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance provides an indispensable resource for considerations of dance and corporeality on Shakespeare's stage and the early modern era.
Afro-Caribbean Poetry and Ritual

Author: P. Griffith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230106529

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 219

View: 932

Focusing on orally transmitted cultural forms in the Caribbean, this book reaffirms the importance of myth and symbol in folk consciousness as a mode of imaginative conceptualization. Paul A. Griffith cross-references Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott s postcolonial debates with issues at seminal sites where Caribbean imaginary insurgencies took root. This book demonstrates the ways residually oral forms distilled history, society, and culture to cleverly resist aggressions authored through colonialist presumptions. In an analysis of the archetypal patterns in the oral tradition - both literary and nonliterary, this impressive book gives insight into the way in which people think about the world and represent themselves in it.
Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs

Author: Jean-Charles Seigneuret

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313263965

Category: Comparative literature

Page: 717

View: 803

This index is a veritable who's who of the greats of Western literature. . . . The Board recommends it for every collection whose users conduct analytical studies of literature. Reference Books Bulletin The powerful hold that literature exercises is based primarily on recognition--the reader's ability to identify with others through shared human concerns that transcend ttace, time, and cultural boundaries. These universal themes, and how they have been treated in literature from the classical period to the present, are the subject of the critical essays comprising this volume. A fascinating resource for students and general readers and an essential research tool for scholars in literature, it is the first thematic reference on this scale to be published in English. The dictionary consists of 143 essays contributed by 98 specialists in world literature. Topics covered include themes relating to adventure, family life, the supernatural, eroticism, status, humor, idealism, terror, and many other categories of human experience. Each entry begins with a defintion and a sketch on the origin and historical background of the literary theme. The topical essay discusses the significance and occurrence of the theme in world literature and supplies information on geographical area, genre, style, and chronology. Entries conclude with a selected bibliography of scholarship in the area. A cross-index to themes and motifs will enable the reader to find information on secondary or related topics. Convenient to use and presented in a standardized format, this major new reference will be an important acquisition for libraries with collections in English, American, and world literature.
Shakespeare's Caliban

Author: Alden T. Vaughan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052145817X

Category: Drama

Page: 328

View: 878

Among Shakespeare's numerous stage characters, probably none has been so variously interpreted as the 'savage and deformed slave' Caliban in The Tempest. For nearly four centuries, widely diverse writers and artists from around the world have found the rebellious monster an intriguing and useful signifier. He has been portrayed in the theatre and in literary criticism as - among other things - a fish, a tortoise, the missing link, an American Indian, and an African slave. He has also appeared extensively and diversely in poems by Browning, Auden, and Brathwaite among others, and in illustrations by Hogarth, Fuseli, Walter Crane, and other major artists. In the twentieth century, he has been widely adopted as a cultural icon, especially in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa: first as a symbol of imperialist North Americans, more recently as an emblem of colonised native populations. Shakespeare's Caliban looks first at the historical, etymological, literary, and folklore contexts in which Shakespeare created Caliban. The authors weigh the plausible intellectual influences of early Jacobean England and reach a tentative conclusion about what Shakespeare may have had in mind. The rest (and far larger part) of the book traces Caliban's evolution from his first appearance in 1611 to the present, with chapters on the major artistic genres in which Caliban has been interpreted, appropriated, and adapted: criticism, stage, painting, poetry, film, and sociopolitical literature. Shakespeare's Caliban relates the monster's changing incarnations to the cultural and intellectual forces that allowed him to reflect major trends - including romanticism, Darwinism, the late nineteenth-century Anglo-American rapproachment, and the Third World liberation movements after World War II.
The Films of Peter Greenaway

Author: Douglas Keesey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786481005

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

View: 788

British filmmaker Peter Greenaway says life offers only two subjects: “One is sex and the other is death.” Greenaway uses both and romanticizes neither; indeed, his goal is the antithesis of the sanitary and sentimental portrayal of humanity. Although his films have met with outrage from some viewers, cult audiences praise them for insightful messages: that people are detached from violence because they fail to see others’ bodies as identical to their own; that predatory capitalism has caused humans to lose sight of our shared physicality and mortality; and that taboos are simply a system allowing people to exercise power over others. This book examines nine of Greenaway’s feature films, dedicating a chapter to each: The Draughtsman’s Contract; A Zed and Two Noughts; The Belly of an Architect; Drowning by Numbers; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover; Prospero’s Books; The Baby of Mâcon; The Pillow Book; and 8 1⁄2 Women. The author examines the characters and plot, studies the structure and elements of the story, explores Greenaway’s motives and reactions, and reveals audience reactions, including comments from viewers. A filmography lists films written and directed by Peter Greenaway from 1962 to 2004.
Constellation Caliban

Author: Nadia Lie

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042002441

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 386

View: 202

Contributes to Shakespeare studies by examining a number of specific refigurations of Caliban. Authors explore the Caliban figure's role and function within a specific work of art, its relations to the other signifiers in the same work, the interests that are invested in the Caliban figure, and what (and whose) values it represents or advocates. These fascinating case studies are informed by current theoretical debate in areas such as women's studies, sociology of literature, nation-formation, and new historicism. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Caliban by the Yellow Sands: A Community Masque of the Art of the Theatre

Author: Percy MacKaye

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547327509

Category: Drama

Page: 119

View: 488

DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Caliban by the Yellow Sands: A Community Masque of the Art of the Theatre" by Percy MacKaye. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.
The Music of Berlioz

Author: Julian Rushton

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198167385


Page: 384

View: 471

This is the first full-length musical study of Berlioz to take into account the rediscovered Messe solennelle. Julian Rushton discusses all aspects of his work, without undue emphasis on a few more popular pieces. The first section consists of a comprehensive biography of Berlioz's musical works, tracing shifting patterns of productivity, approaches to genre, and the contrast between works which are aesthetically progressive or retrospective. The author then considers aspects of Berlioz's musical style, building upon earlier studies by the author and other recent scholarship. The final section offers a more substantial analysis of selected passages and an overall critical assessment.
Shakespeare on Film

Author: Judith Buchanan

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0582437164

Category: English drama

Page: 308

View: 291

This carefully researched and accessibly written book offers textual and contextual analysis of an extensive breadth of Shakespeare's films ranging from the silent era to the present day. Nine lively and thought-provoking chapters examine the films as indicators of the cultural moment of their production. Each are analysed in terms of their technical and interpretive mechanisms and considered as part of a wider Shakespeare performance history.
Shakespearean Drama for Schools

Author: Louis Rozario Doss

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

ISBN: 9781543760620

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

View: 662

Many secondary school students find Shakespeare’s plays to be difficult and forbidding. This is often attributed to the somewhat dated language used in the original Shakespearean versions as well as the cultural context of the Elizabethan world. Louis Rozario Doss’s “Shakespearean Drama for Secondary Schools” is a timely remedy. This compendium contains renditions of Shakespeare in simplified,modern English which is more easily understood by learners of English. Louis Rozario Doss’s renditions retain the spice of Shakespeare’s original tales while giving them more pointed relevance to our modern times.They are not intend to replace Shakespeare.They are designed to whet the reader’s appetite for the original works of William Shakespeare.
Tempests after Shakespeare

Author: C. Zabus

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137076021

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

View: 379

Tempests After Shakespeare shows how the 'rewriting' of Shakespeare's play serves as an interpretative grid through which to read three movements - postcoloniality, postpatriarchy, and postmodernism - via the Tempest characters of Caliban, Miranda/Sycorax and Prospero, as they vie for the ownership of meaning at the end of the twentieth century. Covering texts in three languages, from four continents and in the last four decades, this study imaginatively explores the collapse of empire and the emergence of independent nation-states; the advent of feminism and other sexual liberation movements that challenged patriarchy; and the varied critiques of representation that make up the 'postmodern condition'.