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This book stages a dialogue between international researchers from the broad fields of complexity science and narrative studies. It presents an edited collection of chapters on aspects of: how narrative theory from the humanities may be exploited to understand, explain, describe, and communicate aspects of complex systems, such as their emergent properties, feedbacks, and downwards causation; and how ideas from complexity science can inform narrative theory, and help explain, understand, and construct new, more complex models of narrative as a cognitive faculty and as a pervasive cultural form in new and old media.
The book is suitable for academics, practitioners and professionals, and postgraduates in complex systems, narrative theory, literary and film studies, new media and game studies, and science communication.
The Hotel: Occupied Space explores the hotel as both symbol and space through the concept of “occupancy.” By examining the various ways in which the hotel is manifested in art, photography, and film, this book offers a timely critique of a crucial modern space.
As a site of occupancy, the hotel has provided continued creative inspiration for artists from Monet and Hopper, to genre filmmakers like Hitchcock and Sofia Coppola. While the rich symbolic importance of the hotel means that the visual arts and cinema are especially fruitful, the hotel’s varied structural purposes, as well as its historical and political uses, also provide ample ground for new and timely discussion. In addition to inspiring painters, photographers, and filmmakers, the hotel has played an important role during wartime, and more recently as a site of accommodation for displaced people, whether they be detainees or refugees seeking sanctuary. Shedding light on the diverse ways that the hotel functions as a structure, Robert A. Davidson argues that the hotel is both a fundamental modern space and a constantly adaptable structure, dependent on the circumstances in which it appears and plays a part.
Seit einigen Jahren sind Arbeitswelt und �konomie als ergiebige Sujets kultureller und k�nstlerischer Auseinandersetzungen wiederentdeckt worden. Dabei kn�pfen Gegenwartsfilme, -kunst und -literatur an Motive an, die bereits in den weitreichenden Umbr�chen der Arbeitswelten der 1920er Jahre virulent waren und zum Thema gemacht wurden: Mechanisierung, Selbstentfremdung, soziale Ungerechtigkeit, hohe Arbeitslosigkeit und Finanzkrise. W�hrend in Literatur, Film und Fotografie der 20er und fr�hen 30er Jahre die Situation der Angestellten, Sekret�rinnen, Working Girls und Fabrikarbeiter in den Blick r�ckt, werden in aktuellen Texten und Filmen komplexe Vorg�nge wie die Globalisierung mit ihren Ausbeutungsverh�ltnissen, durch neue Technologien verursachte Ver�nderungen in der Arbeitswelt sowie die Ph�nomene Prekariat und ?Ich-AG? kritisch ausgeleuchtet. Neben der IT-, Werbe- und Finanzbranche mit ihren neuen F�hrungs- und Kommunikations-strukturen sowie den Krisen und Chancen der Arbeitslosigkeit widmen sich einige Werke auch den ?unsichtbaren? Arbeitskr�ften und -prozessen hinter den schillernden Fassaden.?
This book focuses on the significantly under-explored relationship between televisual culture and adaptation studies in what is now commonly regarded as the ?Golden Age? of contemporary TV drama. Adaptable TV: Rewiring the Text does not simply concentrate on traditional types of adaptation, such as reboots, remakes and sequels, but broadens the scope of enquiry to examine a diverse range of experimental adaptive types that are emerging within an ever-changing TV landscape. With a particular focus on the serial narrative form, and with case studies that include Penny Dreadful, Fargo, The Night Of and Orange is the New Black, this study is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the complex interplay between television studies and adaptation studies.
This book discusses developments and continuities in experimental animation that, since Robert Russet and Cecile Starr?s Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art (1976), has proliferated in the context of expanded cinema, performance and live ?making? and is today exhibited in galleries, public sites and online. With reference to historical, critical, phenomenological and inter-disciplinary approaches, international researchers offer new and diverse methodologies for thinking through these myriad animation practices. This volume addresses fundamental questions of form, such as drawing and the line, but also broadens out to encompass topics such as the inter-medial, post-humanism, the real, fakeness and fabrication, causation, new forms of synthetic space, ecology, critical re-workings of cartoons, and process as narrative. This book will appeal to cross and inter-disciplinary researchers, animation practitioners, scholars, teachers and students from Fine Art, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy and Aesthetics.
Dieser Band nimmt eine komplement�re Akzentsetzung zu den in j�ngster Zeit erschienenen B�chern zur Filmmusik vor und r�ckt insbesondere auch bislang weniger beachtete Aspekte der Filmmusik wie die Tradition der Ouvert�re oder die Rolle der Stimme in den Fokus. Einige Autoren verschr�nken gezielt Perspektiven aus Wissenschaft und Praxis, indem sie z. B. Produktionsbedingungen und Kompositionsprozesse erl�utern.
This collective book offers new insight on the genres of biography and autobiography by examining the singular path of those deemed to be ?outsiders?, such as Winnie Mandela, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X and Harvey Milk. Its specific focus on these female leaders and civil rights activists, who refused to be constrained by gender, race and class, shifts attention away from the great men of history and places it solely on those who have transformed their personal lives into a fight for collective goals. With an interdisciplinary approach that looks at literature, cinema and cultural studies, Women Activists and Civil Rights Leaders in Auto/Biographical Literature and Cinema argues that life writing is a key source of artistic creativity and activism which enables us to take a fresh look at history.
This book explores the performances and politics of memory among a group of women war veterans in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Through ethnographic, oral history-based research, it connects the veterans? wartime histories, memory politics, performance practices, recollections of imprisonment and torture, and social activism with broader questions of how to understand and attend to continuing transgenerational violence and trauma. With an extensive introduction and subsequent chapters devoted to in-depth analysis of four women?s remarkable life stories, the book explores the performance and performativity of culture; ethnographic oral history practice; personal, collective, and (trans)cultural memory; and the politics of postwar trauma, witnessing, and redress. Through the veterans? dynamic practices of prospective remembering, 'pain-taking', and enduring optimism, it offers new insights into matrices of performance vital to the shared work of social transformation. It will appeal to readers interested in performance studies, memory studies, gender studies, Vietnamese studies, and oral history.
This pivot offers an innovative, trans-local perspective on performance studies in the era of digital technology, considering a range of content from theater to opera, film, dance, and musical theatre. It examines theatre performing arts and film in terms of aesthetics, gender studies, and identity politics, and showcases the value of human accomplishments in theatre and film and their representative artistic works. It also addresses key issues within performance studies, such as gender, class, race, ethnicity, identity, and how minorities portray their ethnicity stories. This book links the trans-national and the trans-local and considers how emerging mobile geographies and new methodologies of interpreting performance in theatre and film reflect the transformations of our understanding of geopolitical time and space.
This book explores the interplay between performing arts, intangible cultural heritage and digital environments through a compendium of essays on emerging practices and case studies, as well as critical, historical and theoretical perspectives. It features essays that engage with varied forms of intangible cultural heritage, from music and storytelling to dance, theatre and martial arts. Cases of digital technology interventions are provided from different geographical and cultural settings, from Europe to Asia and the Americas. Together, the collection reflects on the implications that digital interventions have on intangible cultural heritage engagements, its curation and transmission in diverse localities. The volume is a valuable resource for discovering the multiple ways in which cultural heritage is mediated through digital technologies, and engages with audiences, artists, users and researchers.
This illuminating study provides a comprehensive reassessment of Deborah Kerr's career, highlighting lesser-known aspects of her star persona. Sarah Street traces the specific qualities of Kerr's screen performances, paying close attention to facial expression, gesture, voice and costume. Covering many iconic films, including The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, From Here to Eternity, An Affair to Remember, The Innocents and Bonjour Tristesse, this book follows Kerr?s journey from her foundational image as an 'English rose' to her performances of challenging roles in which she was cast 'against type'. Illustrated with images from Kerr?s films, this unique case study contributes to the critical understanding of film stars and screen performance.An ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of film and television studies, this fascinating guide will also appeal to film lovers and anyone interested in Kerr's complex career.
This is the fourth volume of the second edition of the now classic book ?The Topos of Music?. The author presents appendices with background material on sound and auditory physiology; mathematical basics such as sets, relations, transformations, algebraic geometry, and categories; complements in physics, including a discussion on string theory; and tables with chord classes and modulation steps.