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By Norman Yeung. 2021
Is there a limit to free speech? Who gets to decide? Isabelle’s film theory students are stunned that she would…open an unmoderated online discussion group to complement a controversial syllabus. Her intention was for them to learn from each other, but when an anonymous student starts to post racist comments and offensive videos on the forum and others challenge Isabelle’s methods, she is forced to decide whether to intervene or to let the social experiment play out. But the posts soon turn abusive and threatening to Isabelle’s relationship with her wife, Lee, causing her to take matters into her own hands. In this thrilling exploration of the intersections and divisions within liberalism, a young tenure-track professor finds herself in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse that has her questioning her beliefs and fighting back for her life.
Vladimir, the more “philosophical” of the two vagrants in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, stiffens their morale by asking, “. .…. what’s the good of losing heart now? We should have thought of it a million years ago, in the nineties!” What does this mean in the play’s context? What were the nineties that these bewildered blighters should recall them with regret? It was perhaps a time when they had not yet entered upon their agony. It was a time of certainty, a beautiful time-or so it seemed to them and to most of their contemporaries.
By M. Hermassi. 2021
El número exacto de víctimas del Muro de Berlín es motivo de controversia. Y es que en la actualidad, la…comprobación de este dato no es tarea fácil, ya que la RDA siempre ha ocultado el número de víctimas en ese punto concreto. Han sido cientos de familias truncadas, cientos de historias rotas por un muro de hormigón. El muro de la vergüenza que jamás debería haberse construido.
By Divino B'Atista. 2021
Marina es una pequeña ciudad litoral que todos los años se convierte en escenario del gran festival de música "Aguas…Sonoras". Durante dos días, la tranquilidad de Marina da lugar a una agitación frenética de jóvenes de la ciudad y alrededores. Daniel Vandres es cantante del grupo "Sound of Silence", atracción principal del festival. Él, por cierto, no imaginaba que se cruzaría en el camino de la soñadora Josy, quien sólo piensa en el trabajo pero es convencida por su hermana de ir al festival y divertirse un poco. Roberta nutre un amor platónico por Daniel desde su infancia y es capaz de cualquier locura con tal de que el cantante la note. Es en medio de una de esas locuras que ellas conocen a Beto y a Miguel, dos jóvenes que harán a Josy repensar un poco sobre su concepto de la diversión.
By M. Hermassi. 2010
El recorrido de un corazón es la historia de un hombre de 34 años quien fue sometido a un trasplante…de corazón. Por rumores se entera de que el corazón que recibió pertenece a una joven que murió en un accidente automovilístico. La historia hace que se tome las cosas muy en serio, decide hacer su investigación, llegar a la chica en cuestión, y conocer su historia. Atrapado en su propio juego, esta historia se convierte con el tiempo en una obsesión para él. A pesar del secreto para mantener el anonimato de los donantes de órganos, se las arregla por medios sutiles, y una paciencia sin límite, llegar a ella, para conocer a sus padres. Encuentra el cementerio donde está enterrada, con su foto y su nombre. Se llama Irene, 22 años. Una historia irreal nace entre él y la difunta, un amor imposible toma forma. Comienza a amar a aquella cuyo corazón sigue latiendo en su pecho. Las cosas se complican cuando se entera de que tiene una hermana gemela que vive en algún lugar de África, o trabaja como enfermera en una ONG. Decide ocultarlo todo, e ir en busca de la que se parece como dos gotas de agua a Irene. Un amor teñido de drama y pasión, un amor poderoso y frágil, por estos ingredientes insólitos, toma forma de una aventura llena de tormentas y buen tiempo.
By M. Hermassi. 2020
This is the story of a thirty-four-year-old man who has a heart transplant. He hears rumors that the heart he…received belonged to a young woman who died in a traffic accident. He’s intrigued and decides to investigate. He wants to find out more about the woman and her story. He gets caught up in the quest and becomes obsessed by it. Despite the necessary anonymity and confidentiality regarding organ donors, he manages, through subtle inquiry and unlimited patience, to find her parents. He also discovers the cemetery where she’s buried as well as her photo, her name―Irene―and her age at death―twenty-two. A surreal connection takes place between him and the deceased, and an impossible love story is born. He begins to have feelings for her. After all, it’s her heart beating in his chest. Things become complicated when he learns she has a twin sister living somewhere in Africa, working with an NGO as a nurse. He decides to leave his life behind and go in search of Irene’s twin. Once he finds her, their love, tinged with drama and passion, is both powerful and fragile. These unusual ingredients combine to offer them an adventure full of torment involving both stormy and sunny weather.
By Michael McKinnie. 2021
Theatre in Market Economies explores the complex relationship between theatre and the market economy since the 1990s. Bringing together research…from the arts and social sciences, the book proposes that theatre has increasingly taken up the mission of the 'mixed economy' by seeking to combine economic efficiency with social security while promoting liberal democracy. McKinnie situates this analysis within a wider context, in which the welfare state's tools have been used to regulate, ever more closely, the lives of citizens rather than the operations of markets. In the process, the book invites us to think in new ways about longstanding economic and political problems in and through the theatre: the nature of industry, productivity, citizenship, security and economic confidence. Theatre in Market Economies depicts a theatre that is not only a familiar cultural institution but is, in unexpected and often ambiguous ways, an exemplary political-economic one as well.
By Sarah S. Collins. 2019
The book narrates the life of Elena, a young woman who has her destiny stained by suffering upon getting involved…with John. A mysterious unknown man. On the moment that she meets John, she falls in love. Convinced that he was the man of her life, she decides to marry him. Some time after the marriage John reveals himself aggressive, violent and tends to have a cold temperament towards his wife. Disappointed, Elena feels alone and depressed. And so it starts a martyrdom which she never imagined to live. When love is confronted by the boundaries of tolerance, reason stops making sense. She, a young woman that dreamed to find her first love. He, a man who lives strapped to his inner world, tormented by his past and the ghosts of his memories, who feels incapable to live with a loved one. Misconduct, vileness and insanity. Will it be possible for love to survive through that? A tragic fate that will change all concepts of love. A love and passion story based in real events.
By Shannon Bramer. 2020
With an introduction by Sara TilleyFrom playwright and poet Shannon Bramer comes Trapsongs, a collection of three dark comedies that…navigate the realm of the surreal and absurd. In "Monarita," an intimate friendship between Mona, a frazzled new mother, and Rita, her beloved, estranged friend, is explored. Their interaction is a dance—part ballet, part mud-fight. In "The Collectors," Hanna Parson is being harassed by three ghastly collection agents who force her to confront her debt and isolation as she struggles to create meaningful art in her dishevelled apartment. And in the tragicomedy "The Hungriest Woman in the World," Aimee, a former artist, invites her preoccupied, workaholic husband, Robert, to the theatre to see a play about a sad octopus. His refusal sends her on a dark and playful journey into the topsy-turvy world of theatre itself.Trapsongs is by turns comedic, grotesque, and profane, but is all the while a tender exploration of the human condition in all its hilarious and humbling glory. Although each of these plays is a discrete creation, they contain and hold each other like a Matryoshka doll; all of the main characters are trapped within the song of their own lives.
By Stephen Greenblatt. 2004
"Greenblatt knows more about [Shakespeare] than Ben Jonson or the Dark Lady did."--John Leonard, ?Harper's A young man from a…small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world's greatest playwright. ?A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist.
By James V. Hatch, Ted Shine. 1996
The plays in this book represent authentic voices that address the complexities of African American life in the United States,…from chattel slavery of pre-Emancipation days to the economic slavery of the Depression and beyond. Alongside these works stand the few that made it to the professional stage, but are nevertheless rooted in the rich soil of Black life and thought from the first decades of this century. Most of the volume is organized chronologically up to the Great Depression of the 1930s, with each section pursuing a theme and opening with an enlightening discussion of the period and the plays. In this volume, the plays represent only a small portion of the great body of Black dramatic literature. Each is a microcosm of reflections, perspectives, and ideas growing out of Black life and culture, and each represents hundreds of other equally challenging works.
By Aristophanes. 2021
Capturing the antic outrageousness and lyrical brilliance of antiquity’s greatest comedies, Aaron Poochigian’s Aristophanes: Four Plays brings these classic dramas…to vivid life for a twenty-first century audience. The citizens of ancient Athens enjoyed a freedom of speech as broad as our own. This freedom, parrhesia, the right to say what one pleased, how and when one pleased, and to whom, had no more fervent champion than the brilliant fifth-century comic playwright Aristophanes. His plays, immensely popular with the Athenian public, were frequently crude, even obscene. He ridiculed the great and the good of the city, showing up their hypocrisy and arrogance in ways that went far beyond the standards of good taste, securing the ire (and sometimes the retaliation) of his powerful targets. He showed his contemporaries, and he teaches us now, that when those in power act obscenely, patriotic obscenity is a fitting response. Aristophanes’s satirical masterpieces were also surpassingly virtuosic works of poetry. The metrical variety of his plays has always thrilled readers who can access the original Greek, but until now, English translations have failed to capture their lyrical genius. Aaron Poochigian, the first poet-classicist to tackle these plays in a generation, brings back to life four of Aristophanes’s most entertaining, wickedly crude, and frequently beautiful lyric comedies—the pinnacle of his comic art: · Clouds, a play famous for its caricature of antiquity’s greatest philosopher, Socrates; · Lysistrata, in which a woman convinces her female compatriots to withhold sex from their warmongering lovers unless they negotiate peace; · Birds, in which feathered creatures build a great city and become like gods; · and Women of the Assembly, Aristophones’s most revolutionary play, which inverts the norms of gender and power. Poochigian’s new rendering of these comic masterpieces finally gives contemporary readers a sense of the subversive pleasure Aristophones’s original audiences felt when they were first performed on the Athenian stage.
By Paula Marantz Cohen. 2021
An award-winning scholar and teacher explores how Shakespeare&’s greatest characters were built on a learned sense of empathy While exploring…Shakespeare&’s plays with her students, Paula Marantz Cohen discovered that teaching and discussing his plays unlocked a surprising sense of compassion in the classroom. In this short and illuminating book, she shows how Shakespeare&’s genius lay with his ability to arouse empathy, even when his characters exist in alien contexts and behave in reprehensible ways. Cohen takes her readers through a selection of Shakespeare&’s most famous plays, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and The Merchant of Venice, to demonstrate the ways in which Shakespeare thought deeply and clearly about how we treat &“the other.&” Cohen argues that only through close reading of Shakespeare can we fully appreciate his empathetic response to race, class, gender, and age. Wise, eloquent, and thoughtful, this book is a forceful argument for literature&’s power to champion what is best in us.
By James Shapiro. 2020
One of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year A New York Times Notable Book From leading…scholar James Shapiro, a timely exploration of what Shakespeare&’s plays reveal about our divided land, from Revolutionary times to the present day The plays of William Shakespeare are rare common ground in the United States. They are read at school by almost every student, staged in theaters across the land, and long valued by conservatives and liberals alike. For well over two centuries, Americans of all stripes—presidents and activists, writers and soldiers—have turned to Shakespeare&’s works to explore the nation&’s fault lines, including such issues as manifest destiny, race, gender, immigration, and free speech. In a narrative arching across the centuries, from Revolutionary times to the present day, leading scholar James Shapiro traces the unparalleled role of Shakespeare's four-hundred-year-old tragedies and comedies in illuminating the many concerns on which American identity has turned. Reflecting on how Shakespeare has been invoked—and at times weaponized—at pivotal moments in our past, Shapiro takes us from President John Quincy Adams&’s disgust with Desdemona&’s interracial marriage to Othello, to Abraham Lincoln&’s and his assassin John Wilkes Booth&’s competing obsessions with the plays, up through the fraught debates over marriage and same-sex love at the heart of the celebrated adaptations Kiss Me, Kate and Shakespeare in Love. His narrative culminates in the 2017 controversy over the staging of Julius Caesar in Central Park, in which a Trump-like leader is assassinated. Deeply researched, and timely, Shakespeare in a Divided America reveals how no writer has been more closely embraced by Americans, or has shed more light on the hot-button issues in our history. Indeed, it is by better understanding Shakespeare's role in American life, Shapiro argues, that we might begin to mend our bitterly divided land
By Erin Alice Cowling, Tania De Miguel Magro, Mina García Jordán, Glenda Y. Nieto-Cuebas. 2021
This collection of original new essays focuses on the many ways in which early modern Spanish plays engaged their audiences…in a dialogue about abuse, injustice, and inequality. Far from the traditional monolithic view of theatrical works as tools for expanding ideology, these essays each recognize the power of theatre in reflecting on issues related to social justice. The first section of the book focuses on textual analysis, taking into account legal, feminist, and collective bargaining theory. The second section explores issues surrounding theatricality, performativity, and intellectual property laws through an analysis of contemporary adaptations. The final section reflects on social justice from the practitioners’ point of view, including actors and directors. Social Justice in Spanish Golden Age Theatre reveals how adaptations of classical theatre portray social justice and how throughout history the writing and staging of comedias has been at the service of a wide range of political agendas.
By Tison Pugh. 2021
Often viewed as theologically conservative, many theatrical works of late medieval and early Tudor England nevertheless exploited the performative nature…of drama to flirt with unsanctioned expressions of desire, allowing queer identities and themes to emerge. Early plays faced vexing challenges in depicting sexuality, but modes of queerness, including queer scopophilia, queer dialogue, queer characters, and queer performances, fractured prevailing restraints. Many of these plays were produced within male homosocial environments, and thus homosociality served as a narrative precondition of their storylines. Building from these foundations, On the Queerness of Early English Drama investigates occluded depictions of sexuality in late medieval and early Tudor dramas. Tison Pugh explores a range of topics, including the unstable genders of the York Corpus Christi Plays, the morally instructive humour of excremental allegory in Mankind, the confused relationship of sodomy and chastity in John Bale’s historical interludes, and the camp artifice and queer carnival of Sir David Lyndsay’s Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis. Pugh concludes with Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi, pondering the afterlife of medieval drama and its continued utility in probing cultural constructions of gender and sexuality
For fans of Book of Ages and American Eve, this illuminating and enthralling biography of 19th-century queer actress Charlotte Cushman…portrays her radical lifestyle that riveted New York City and made headlines across America. From the very beginning, she was a radical. At age nineteen, Charlotte Cushman, America&’s beloved actress and the country&’s first true celebrity, left her life—and countless suitors—behind to make it as a Shakespearean actress. After revolutionizing the role of Lady Macbeth in front of many adoring fans, she went on the road, performing in cities across a dividing America and building her fame. She was everywhere. And yet, her name has faded in the shadows of history. Now, for the first time in decades, Cushman&’s story comes to full and brilliant life in this definitive, exhilarating, and enlightening biography of the 19th-century icon. With rarely seen letters, Wojczuk reconstructs the formative years of Cushman&’s life, set against the excitement and drama of New York City in the 1800s, featuring a cast of luminaries and revolutionaries that changed the cultural landscape of America forever. A vivid portrait of an astonishing and uniquely American life, Lady Romeo reveals one of the most remarkable women in United States history, and restores her to the center stage where she belongs.
By Raymond Macdonald Alden. 1922
This fascinating title, first published in 1922, presents a detailed overview of the life and works of Shakespeare. Alden first…considers Shakespeare’s Elizabethan context, alongside exploring the Classical and Italian foundations, political theories, concepts and theatrical trends that influenced his works. Next, a comprehensive biography provides insight into Shakespeare’s probable education, relationships and contemporaries. The final sections are devoted to the genres into which Shakespeare’s works have been categorised, with full analyses of and backgrounds to the poems, histories, comedies and tragedies. An important study, this title will be of particular value to students in need of a comprehensive overview of Shakespeare’s life and works, as well as the more general inquisitive reader.
By Molière, Richard Wilbur. 1993
Molière understood profoundly what makes us noble, pathetic, outrageous and funny, and in his splendid comedies satirized human folly to…perfection. One of the best of his plays — and one of the greatest of all comedies — is The Misanthrope, first performed in 1666, when the King of France himself had assumed patronage of Molière's company, and the actor/playwright was at the height of his career. Spotlighting the absurdities of social and literary pretension, The Misanthrope shows us a man who is quick to criticize the hypocrisies, inconsistencies and faults of others, yet remains blind to his own. As "the misanthrope" grows more and more irritable with others, the play becomes more and more entertaining, even as a happy ending for the hero seems less and less likely.
By Rebecca Gilman. 2006
"In The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, an artist named Dana Fielding is suffering from a slump in both her career…and her personal life. After a disastrous gallery showing, her paranoia and depression send her boyfriend packing. When Fielding attempts suicide, she lands in a mental ward and finds she enjoys the structure of the days. But when she learns her health insurance will pay for only a 10-day stay, she cooks up a scheme with two fellow patients to fool the doctors into believing she's psychotic. Without knowing much about him, she takes on the personality of troubled baseball star Darryl Strawberry. Known for having the 'sweetest swing in baseball, ' Strawberry also struggled with ... the darker side of fame, including rejection by fans and the effort to make a comeback ... When Dana chats with fellow patients Michael, an alcoholic, and Gary, a stalker, the dialogue here is hilarious as Dana instructs a would-be killer on drawing negative space and the two men coach her on Strawberry's stats."--Publisher's website.