Archives par mot-clé : performance

Parution : Play, Philosophy and Performance

Malcolm MacLean, Wendy Russell, Emily Ryall (ed.), Play, Philosophy and Performance, Routledge, 2021. 

Play, Philosophy and Performance is a cutting-edge collection of essays exploring the philosophy of play. It showcases the most innovative, interdisciplinary work in the rapidly developing field of Play Studies.

How we play, and the relation of play to the human condition, is becoming increasingly recognised as a field of scholarly inquiry as well as a significant element of social practice, public policy and socio-cultural understanding. Drawing on approaches ranging through morality and ethics, language and the nature of reality, aesthetics, digital culture and gaming, and written by an international group of emerging and established scholars, this book examines how our performance at play describes, shapes and influences our performance as human beings.

This is essential reading for anybody with an interest in leisure, education, childhood, gaming, the arts, playwork or many branches of philosophical enquiry.

Table of contents & Editors Biographies

Parution : The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Why Are We All Gagging?

Cameron Crookston (dir.), The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race (Book)
Why Are We All Gagging?, Intellect, 2021. 

The Cultural Impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race is a collection of original material that goes beyond simple analysis of the show and examines the profound effect that RuPaul’s Drag Race has had on the cultures that surround it: audience cultures, economics, branding, queer politics and all points in between. What was once a cult show marketed primarily to gay men, Drag Racehas drawn both praise and criticism for its ability to market itself to broader, straighter and increasingly younger fans. The show’s depiction of drag as both a celebrated form of entertainment and as a potentially lucrative career path, has created an explosion of aspiring queens in unprecedented numbers and has had far-reaching impacts on drag as both an art form and a career.

Contributors include scholars based in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and South Africa.  The contributions are interdisciplinary, as well as international.  The editor invited submissions from scholars in theatre and performance studies, English literature, cultural anthropology, media studies, linguistics, sociology and marketing.  What he envisaged was an examination of the wider cultural impacts that RuPaul’s Drag Race has had.  What he received was a rich and diverse engagement with the question of how Drag Race has affected local, live cultures, fan cultures, queer representation and the very fabric of drag as an art form in popular cultural consciousness.

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Parution : Acting Egyptian. Theater, Identity, and Political Culture in Cairo, 1869–1930

Carmen M. K. Gitre, Acting Egyptian. Theater, Identity, and Political Culture in Cairo, 1869–1930, University of Texas Press, 2019. 

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, during the “protectorate” period of British occupation in Egypt—theaters and other performance sites were vital for imagining, mirroring, debating, and shaping competing conceptions of modern Egyptian identity. Central figures in this diverse spectrum were the effendis, an emerging class of urban, male, anticolonial professionals whose role would ultimately become dominant. Acting Egyptian argues that performance themes, spaces, actors, and audiences allowed pluralism to take center stage while simultaneously consolidating effendi voices.

From the world premiere of Verdi’s Aida at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House in 1871 to the theatrical rhetoric surrounding the revolution of 1919, which gave women an opportunity to link their visibility to the well-being of the nation, Acting Egyptian examines the ways in which elites and effendis, men and women, used newly built performance spaces to debate morality, politics, and the implications of modernity. Drawing on scripts, playbills, ads, and numerous other sources, the book brings to life provocative debates that fostered a new image of national culture and performances that echoed the events of urban life in the struggle for independence.

Carmen M. K. Gitre is an assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech University. She holds a PhD in history from Rutgers University and previously taught in the international studies and history departments at Seattle University.

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Appel à contributions : défilement, projection, performance. La lanterne magique comme dispositif narratif

Défilement, projection, performance. La lanterne magique comme dispositif narratif
Les Cahiers de narratologie (juillet 2022)

Sous la direction de Sébastien Fevry (UCLouvain) et Philippe Marion (UCLouvain)

Trop souvent, la lanterne magique reste considérée comme un simple précurseur du cinéma, n’ayant finalement d’intérêt que par son aspect pré-cinématographique dans une histoire du cinéma pensée erronément de façon téléologique. Or, on sait aujourd’hui que la lanterne constitua un média de masse très populaire au XIXe siècle, utilisée non seulement à des fins de divertissement, mais aussi pour des usages scientifiques, religieux ou propagandistes. À la fin du XIXe siècle, des plaques pour lanternes étaient produites à grande échelle, tant aux États-Unis qu’en Europe, tandis qu’une grande diversité de lanternes optiques étaient commercialisées et utilisées dans le cadre des universités, des écoles, des églises ou simplement dans le salon familial…

À ce jour, les recherches sur la lanterne magique ont surtout été effectuées d’un point de vue historique, pas seulement dans le domaine de l’archéologie médiatique (Mannoni, 2009), mais aussi du point de vue des usages de l’appareil dans le secteur des sciences ou de l’éducation religieuse (Saint-Martin, 2003) par exemple. En plus de certains articles (notamment dans la revue Early Popular Visual Culture), de monographies ou de bases de données comme LUCERNA, des projets de recherche de plus grande ampleur se sont récemment développés au niveau européen comme A Million Pictures ou Bmagic visant à explorer le rôle de la lanterne magique en tant que média de masse en Belgique de 1830 à 1940. Continuer la lecture de Appel à contributions : défilement, projection, performance. La lanterne magique comme dispositif narratif