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Allegory of Survival:

The Theater of Kang-baek Lee (Hardcover)
translated by Alyssa Kim and Hyung-jin Lee
ISBN: 9781934043929

This translation is the first English-language anthology culled from Kang-baek Lee's works of more than forty plays and a major contribution to the limited English-language translations of modern South Korean drama in general. Read More..

Allegory of Survival:

The Theater of Kang-baek Lee (Softcover)
translated by Alyssa Kim and Hyung-jin Lee
ISBN: 9781934043936

This translation is the first English-language anthology culled from Kang-baek Lee's works of more than forty plays and a major contribution to the limited English-language translations of modern South Korean drama in general. Read More..

Alternative Theater in Taiwan:

Feminist and Intercultural Approaches
Iris Hsin-chun Tuan
ISBN: 9781934043103

"This book is original and forward-looking in its approach." - Sue-Ellen Case, Professor and Chair, Critical Studies, Department of Theater, UCLA Read More..

Aphra Behn Stages the Social Scene in the Restoration Theatre

Dawn Lewcock
ISBN: 9781604975499

Usually recognised as the first professional woman writer, Aphra Behn (1640–1689) has become a popular subject for academic study. The study considers how Behn has constructed her plays and used their staging to ensure the perceptions and apprehensions she wants from that audience. Read More..

Awkward Stages:

Plays about Growing Up Gay
John Clum and Sean Metzger
ISBN: 9781604979084

The plays in this volume, written by some the most celebrated playwrights, illuminate how sexual identity is important to the young men, in great part because they must define themselves against the prejudice and sanctions of family and social institutions. For example, Michael Perlman’s From White Plains shows the power and danger of contemporary media, which has enabled a new, virulent form of bullying. Read More..

Be(com)ing Korean in the United States:

Exploring Ethnic Identity Formation Through Cultural Practices
S. Sonya Gwak
ISBN: 9781604975840

Most studies about Asian Americans focus on the immigration challenges, or the conflicts and differences between generations. While these are important issues that affect the lives of Asian Americans, it is also valuable to focus on how new cultural identities are formed in the attempt to hold on to the traditions of the immigrant homeland . This research pays close attention to how young people understand their identities through cultural practices, regardless of generational differences. The focus is on collective meaning-making about ethnic identity across immigration statuses and generations. Read More..

Black Medea:

Adaptations for Modern Plays
Kevin J. Wetmore
ISBN: 9781604978650

The plays in this volume reflect recurring themes and approaches to adapting Medea to modern contexts. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import. Read More..

Celebrity, Pedophilia, and Ideology in American Culture

Jason Lee
ISBN: 9781604975994

Reveals the connections between rapacious capitalism and the rape of children. The twenty chapters—which span the analysis of childhood, celebrity culture, important books and films on pedophilia and violence, post-9/11 theology and public rhetoric, and killing for fame, in an interrelated fashion—cover intrinsically important areas of ideology. Read More..

Cinematic Portraits of Evil:

Christian de Chalonge’s Docteur Petiot and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen
Esther Rowlands
ISBN: 9781604976441

This book seeks to establish a new way of examining not only history but contemporary manners of historical representation on film, as well as their cultural and philosophical implications. It aims to advance new ways of investigating the past with films that are, on the surface, only tangentially related to traditional manners of historical representation. Read More..

Cross-Border Cultural Production:

Economic Runaway or Globalization?
Janet Wasko and Mary Erickson
ISBN: 9781934043783

This collection of essays by noted experts in the field examines the economic, political and cultural roles that television and film play in our society and how international production has influenced those roles. Read More..

Drama and the Postmodern:

Assessing the Limits of Metatheatre
Daniel K. Jernigan
ISBN: 9781604975420

This collection of essays is impressive in its breadth, ranging over English, Irish, American, and Continental dramatists. Many of the plays given extended treatment are frequently anthologized and/or taught. Read More..

The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston

Jody Weber
ISBN: 9781604976212

Boston’s regional dance pioneers forged powerful relationships with their community that shaped their broader work in terms of education, choreography, and advocacy. This study of their schools, artistic work, and audience development provides insight into the development of expressive movement both regionally and nationally. An important book for collections in dance history, women’s studies, and regional histories. Read More..

Existentialism, Film Noir, and Hard-Boiled Fiction

Stephen Faison
ISBN: 9781604975734

Faison effectively challenges the frequent assertion that the intellectual and creative sources of film noir are to be found in European thinkers and movements, and establishes film noir, like hard-boiled fiction, as a uniquely American phenomenon. Read More..

French War Films and National Identity

Noah McLaughlin
ISBN: 9781604976830

The relationship of French national identity to its cinema is a well-established field. Yet so far, most studies have either taken a broad historical approach or focused on a particular director or period. Using various theoretical approaches, this book investigates an area that is––as of today––either ill or untreated by scholars: what is the relationship of film form to the historical and social reflections of a given work, whether they be overt or hidden? Read More..

Gangster Rap and Its Social Cost:

Exploiting Hip Hop and Using Racial Stereotypes to Entertain America
Benjamin P. Bowser
ISBN: 9781604978001

Within the rapidly growing literature on hip hop and gangster rap, Gangster Rap and Its Social Cost stands out from the rest because it provides a number of unique contributions, including how it asserts that gangster rap has empowered white racists and how it provides a serious distinction between gangster rap and hip hop. Given how influential rap music and its gangster rap variant are today in American life, this is an essential book for all libraries. Read More..

Gay Drama Now:

An Anthology
John M. Clum
ISBN: 9781604978421

“This timely collection reminds us that gay drama is as vital, vibrant and urgent today as it has ever been. Offering a refreshingly diverse range of voices and styles, these works transform traditions of gay male theatricality and fabulousness into resources for social change in the twenty-first century, Gay Drama Now deserves a standing ovation.” – Shane Vogel, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Cultural Studies Program, Indiana University Read More..

Hip Hop and Inequality:

Searching for the "Real" Slim Shady
Simona Hill and Dave Ramsaran
ISBN: 9781604976519

Little work has been done on trying to locate the emergence of hip hop and hip hop culture within the context of capitalist development in the United States. This book shows how racial, gender, and ethnic stereotypes are reformulated through different media. The book critically analyzes two prominent archetypal images of the gangsta male and the wanksta feminist who can be either male or female. Read More..

John Durang:

Man of the American Stage
Lynn Matluck Brooks
ISBN: 9781604977752

This book takes the perspective of the theater as a crucible for the forging of American identity and culture. John Durang (1768–1822) is both an exemplary and a remarkable figure in early American theater. Among the first native-born Americans to appear on the stage, he was the first to make the theater his life. Read More..

Legacy in Dance Education:

Essays and Interviews on Values, Practices, and People
Thomas K. Hagood
ISBN: 9781604975635

"In reading this book, the existing or aspiring dance educator realizes that our legacy, while strong, is equally fragile. It only exists while those we have mentored are there to pass it along. That makes this book a wonder. It will encourage today's dance educators to record their work." - Journal of Dance Education Read More..

Migration Documentary Films in Post-War Australia

Liangwen Kuo
ISBN: 9781604976878

Migration documentary films played an important role in promoting Australian images to the outside world. This innovative book is the first in the field that comes with a systematic and comprehensive study of migration documentary films in post-war Australia. Scholars and students whose interests include documentary films, immigration, ethnicity, national identity, and propaganda would find this book to be a valuable resource. Read More..

Pedro Zamora, Sexuality, and AIDS Education:

The Autobiographical Self, Activism, and The Real World
Christopher Pullen
ISBN: 9781604979237

This book illuminates the significance of the work of Pedro Zamora and places in context contemporary needs for both HIV/AIDS education and the personal political context of sexual diversity. It is a must read for those in LGBT studies, communications, social work, and the performing arts. Read More..

Perspectives on Contemporary Dance History:

Revisiting Impulse, 1950–1970
Thomas K. Hagood and Luke C. Kahlich
ISBN: 9781604978483

Impulse, A West Coast Annual of Contemporary Dance was the first and for many years the preeminent link between discourses in dance and society, politics, education, performance, history, philosophy, criticism, science, religion, to name but a few. As eminent authors of the time were invited to contribute to issues of Impulse, contemporary dance scholars were invited to contribute to this book that examines Impulse from today’s point of view. This volume revisits the journal’s breadth of commentary, scope of authorship, and provocative yet engaging discourses. Read More..

Performance, Theatre, and Society in Contemporary Nicaragua:

Spectacles of Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality
Alberto Guevara
ISBN: 9781604978612

Although there has been some excellent academic research focusing on performance or/and theatre in Nicaragua, such scholarship seldom attends to the very important connections between daily staged public social acts and local, national/global politics that deal directly and indirectly with marginalized social/cultural landscapes in this country. This book fills the gap by examining the connections between Nicaragua’s marginalized landscapes and bodies, between social/political visibility and invisibility, and the relationship between social abandonment and social encompassment in the nation. Read More..

The Proscenium Cage:

Critical Case Studies in U.S. Prison Theatre Programs
Laurence Tocci
ISBN: 9781934043752

Alongside the empirical study of sample theatre companies that produced theatre by and for inmates, this book, a first study of its kind, is a groundbreaking and important contribution to theatre studies. Read More..

The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien:

Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion
Christopher Lupke
ISBN: 9781604979138

“In plain, jargon-free language replete with astute insights garnered from decades of scholarly engagement with the films of Hou Hsiao-hsien and Taiwanese cinematic and literary culture, Lupke sets out to lift the veil of the technical finesse and structural ambiguity that enshrouds much of Hou’s oeuvre and frequently frustrates film spectators. ... Lupke succeeds brilliantly. ... an abundance of insights and a wealth of information.” –MCLC Read More..

Sir William Davenant, the Court Masque, and the English Seventeenth Century Scenic Stage, c1605 –c1700

Dawn Lewcock
ISBN: 9781604975789

This is new work which uses dramaturgical and scenographical analysis of selected plays and masques, against known theatrical history, to discover how the staging of painted settings was organised from c1605 to c1700. This kind of investigation into the links between masque staging and the staging of plays has not been done in quite this manner before. Read More..

Terrence McNally and Fifty Years of American Gay Drama

John Clum
ISBN: 9781604979220

"This is an original contribution to the field. No scholar has contextualized McNally quite this way. The great strength of this study lies in its placing of this playwright within an ongoing narrative history of the American stage." —Matthew Roudané, Regents Professor of American Drama, Georgia State University Read More..

Theatre and the Good:

The Value of Collaborative Play
Mark Fearnow
ISBN: 9781934043431

Surprisingly little has been published on the questions of what theatre actually is and what participants in theatre derive from the experience. This book investigates theatre as a means of social connection. Read More..

The Theater of Carlo Terron:

Two Plays: The Trial of the Innocents and Arsenic, Tonight!
Robert Cardullo
ISBN: 9781604975949

This innovative book will for the first time introduce this compelling dramatist to the English-speaking world. Included are not only chronologies of Terron’s life and work, but, most importantly, two of his best and most representative works: The Trial of the Innocents (1950) and Arsenic, Tonight! (1967). Read More..

 

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