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Aeschylus

Aeschylus

Author: Marsh H. McCall Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2021

The concept, size, and potential readership of the BlackwellIntroductions to the Classical World all make it possible tocontribute a book on Aeschylus that will be distinctive from andcompetitive with the various strong general studies of Aeschylusthat have been published over the past generation (most of which, in fact, are not now available outside of libraries). I propose to write a book on Aeschylus of c.70,000 words (c.200pages) that, in addition to necessary basic material, will focus ona series of tough and exciting interpretive problems (of varyingtypes) in the seven extant plays. The plays will be treatedindividually and chronologically (five of the plays have suredates; the date of Suppliant Women is highly probable; the date ofPrometheus Bound must remain highly speculative). I hope to attracttwo different kinds of audience, one broad and one more targeted.First, I am broadly addressing students, teachers, and generalreaders with an interest in Greek tragedy and ancient drama butwith no knowledge of the Greek language presumed. Second, I am alsoaddressing serious scholars and students of the Classics and ofGreek tragedy. Therefore, I will use a certain amount of Greekterminology and text, but always with a translation provided. Such a book, of moderate size and large purposes, must berigorously selective in the interpretive problems it attacks. Eachchapter on a given play will raise numerous interpretive issues, but I propose to highlight for each play one particular probleminvolving broad issues of dramatic meaning(s) and one involvingmatters of staging. The considerable benefit of the latter effortwill be to emphasize that the plays should always be experienced aslive theater and that staging crucially affects interpretation. Inaddition, in a few places I propose to present textual problemsthat have a major impact on interpretation and that can bedescribed in an accessible way. As I proceed to outline below foreach play the particular issues I propose to highlight, it shouldbe kept in mind that every chapter on a play will also give anoverall interpretive reading.

Midnight's Borders

Midnight's Borders

Author: Suchitra Vijayan Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2021

Japan, 1972

Japan, 1972

Author: Yoshikuni (Vanderbilt University) Igarashi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2021

By the early 1970s, Japan had become an affluent consumer society, riding a growing economy to widely shared prosperity. In the aftermath of the fiery political activism of 1968, the country settled down to the realization that consumer culture had taken a firm grip on Japanese society. Japan, 1972 takes an early-seventies year as a vantage point for understanding how Japanese society came to terms with cultural change. Yoshikuni Igarashi examines a broad selection of popular film, television, manga, and other media in order to analyze the ways Japanese culture grappled with this economic shift. He exposes the political underpinnings of mass culture and investigates deeper anxieties over questions of agency and masculinity. Igarashi underscores how the male-dominated culture industry strove to defend masculine identity by looking for an escape from the high-growth economy. He reads a range of cultural works that reveal perceptions of imperiled Japanese masculinity through depictions of heroes' doomed struggles against what were seen as the stifling and feminizing effects of consumerism. Ranging from manga travelogues to war stories, yakuza films to New Left radicalism, Japan, 1972 sheds new light on a period of profound socioeconomic change and the counternarratives of masculinity that emerged to manage it.

William Greaves

William Greaves

Author: Scott MacDonald Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2021

William Greaves is one of the most significant and compelling American filmmakers of the past century. Best known for his experimental film about its own making, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, Greaves was an influential independent documentary filmmaker who produced, directed, shot, and edited more than a hundred films on a variety of social issues and on key African American figures ranging from Muhammad Ali to Ralph Bunche to Ida B. Wells. A multitalented artist, his career also included stints as a songwriter, a member of the Actors Studio, and, during the late 1960s, a producer and cohost of Black Journal, the first national television show focused on African American culture and politics. This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of Greaves's remarkable career. It brings together a wide range of material, including a mix of incisive essays from critics and scholars, Greaves's own writings, an extensive meta-interview with Greaves, conversations with his wife and collaborator Louise Archambault Greaves and his son David, and a critical dossier on Symbiopsychotaxiplasm. Together, they illuminate Greaves's mission to use filmmaking as a tool for transforming the ways African Americans were perceived by others and the ways they saw themselves. This landmark book is an essential resource on Greaves's work and his influence on independent cinema and African-American culture.

Japan, 1972

Japan, 1972

Author: Yoshikuni (Vanderbilt University) Igarashi Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2021

By the early 1970s, Japan had become an affluent consumer society, riding a growing economy to widely shared prosperity. In the aftermath of the fiery political activism of 1968, the country settled down to the realization that consumer culture had taken a firm grip on Japanese society. Japan, 1972 takes an early-seventies year as a vantage point for understanding how Japanese society came to terms with cultural change. Yoshikuni Igarashi examines a broad selection of popular film, television, manga, and other media in order to analyze the ways Japanese culture grappled with this economic shift. He exposes the political underpinnings of mass culture and investigates deeper anxieties over questions of agency and masculinity. Igarashi underscores how the male-dominated culture industry strove to defend masculine identity by looking for an escape from the high-growth economy. He reads a range of cultural works that reveal perceptions of imperiled Japanese masculinity through depictions of heroes' doomed struggles against what were seen as the stifling and feminizing effects of consumerism. Ranging from manga travelogues to war stories, yakuza films to New Left radicalism, Japan, 1972 sheds new light on a period of profound socioeconomic change and the counternarratives of masculinity that emerged to manage it.

William Greaves

William Greaves

Author: Scott MacDonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2021

William Greaves is one of the most significant and compelling American filmmakers of the past century. Best known for his experimental film about its own making, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, Greaves was an influential independent documentary filmmaker who produced, directed, shot, and edited more than a hundred films on a variety of social issues and on key African American figures ranging from Muhammad Ali to Ralph Bunche to Ida B. Wells. A multitalented artist, his career also included stints as a songwriter, a member of the Actors Studio, and, during the late 1960s, a producer and cohost of Black Journal, the first national television show focused on African American culture and politics. This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of Greaves's remarkable career. It brings together a wide range of material, including a mix of incisive essays from critics and scholars, Greaves's own writings, an extensive meta-interview with Greaves, conversations with his wife and collaborator Louise Archambault Greaves and his son David, and a critical dossier on Symbiopsychotaxiplasm. Together, they illuminate Greaves's mission to use filmmaking as a tool for transforming the ways African Americans were perceived by others and the ways they saw themselves. This landmark book is an essential resource on Greaves's work and his influence on independent cinema and African-American culture.

China's Borderlands under the Qing, 1644-1912

China's Borderlands under the Qing, 1644-1912

Author: Daniel McMahon Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2021

This book explores new directions in the study of China's borderlands. In addition to assessing the influential perspectives of other historians, it engages innovative approaches in the author's own research. These studies probe regional accommodations, the intersections of borderland management, martial fortification, and imperial culture, as well as the role of governmental discourse in defining and preserving restive boundary regions. As the issue of China's management of its borderlands grows more pressing, the work presents key information and insights into how that nation's contested fringes have been governed in the past.

Divine Images

Divine Images

Author: Jason Whittaker Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2021

Although relatively obscure during his lifetime, William Blake has become one of the most popular English artists and writers, through poems such as The Tyger and Jerusalem, and images including The Ancient of Days. Less well-known is Blake's radical religious and political temperament and that his visionary art was created to express a personal mythology that sought to recreate an entirely new approach to philosophy and art. This book examines both Blake's visual and poetic work over his long career, from early engravings and poems to his final illustrations, to Dante and the Book of Job. Divine Images further explores Blake's immense popular appeal and influence after his death, offering an inspirational look at a pioneering figure.

John Donne

John Donne

Author: Andrew Hadfield Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2021

Second Time Around

Second Time Around

Author: D. A. Miller Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2021

The art houses and cinema clubs of his youth are gone, but the films that D. A. Miller discovered there in the 1960s and '70s are now at his fingertips. With DVDs and streaming media, technology has turned the old cinematheque's theatrical offerings into private viewings that anyone can repeat, pause, slow, and otherwise manipulate at will. In Second Time Around, Miller seizes this opportunity; across thirteen essays, he watches digitally restored films by directors from Mizoguchi to Pasolini and from Hitchcock to Honda, looking to find not only what he first saw in them but also what he was then kept from seeing by quick camerawork, normal projection speed, missing frames, or simple censorship. At last he has an unobstructed view of the gay leather scene in Cruising, the expurgated special effects in The H-Man, and the alternative ending to Vertigo. Now he can pursue the finer details of Chabrol's debt to Hitchcock, Visconti's mystificatory Marxism, or the unemotive emotion in Godard. Yet this recaptured past is strangely disturbing; the films and the author have changed in too many ways for their reunion to be like old times. The closeness of Miller's attention clarifies the painful contradictions of youth and decline, damaged prints and flawless restorations.

Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific

Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific

Author: Howard Chiang Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2021

As a broad category of identity, transgender has given life to a vibrant field of academic research since the 1990s. Yet the Western origins of the field have tended to limit its cross-cultural scope. Howard Chiang proposes a new paradigm for doing transgender history in which geopolitics assumes central importance. Defined as the antidote to transphobia, transtopia challenges a minoritarian view of transgender experience and makes room for the variability of transness on a historical continuum. Against the backdrop of the Sinophone Pacific, Chiang argues that the concept of transgender identity must be rethought beyond a purely Western frame. At the same time, he challenges China-centrism in the study of East Asian gender and sexual configurations. Chiang brings Sinophone studies to bear on trans theory to deconstruct the ways in which sexual normativity and Chinese imperialism have been produced through one another. Grounded in an eclectic range of sources-from the archives of sexology to press reports of intersexuality, films about castration, and records of social activism-this book reorients anti-transphobic inquiry at the crossroads of area studies, medical humanities, and queer theory. Timely and provocative, Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific highlights the urgency of interdisciplinary knowledge in debates over the promise and future of human diversity.

1774

1774

Author: Mary Beth Norton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2021