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Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure?

A. D. Nuttall

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187660
eISBN:
9780191674747
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187660.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Why does tragedy give pleasure? Why do people who are neither wicked nor depraved enjoy watching plays about suffering or death? Is it because we see horrific matter controlled by majestic art? Or ... More


Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

Michael Neill

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183860
eISBN:
9780191674112
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183860.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Tragedy was one of the principal instruments through which the culture of early modern England imagined the encounter with mortality. The essays in this book approach the theatrical reinvention of ... More


‘Great arts best write themselves in their own stories’: Ending The Broken Heart

Michael Neill

in Issues of Death: Mortality and Identity in English Renaissance Tragedy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183860
eISBN:
9780191674112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183860.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

John Ford was among the small group of theatre poets who expressed their admiration for John Webster's tragic ‘monument’ in the encomiastic verses that greeted the publication of The Duchess of Malfi ... More


Dance and Body Language

Christopher B. Balme

in Decolonizing the Stage: Theatrical Syncretism and Post-Colonial Drama

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184447
eISBN:
9780191674266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184447.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter deals primarily with dance and movement. It focuses on the different aspects of the kinetic body, the body in motion, particularly the textual aspects of dance. The kinetic art of ... More


Lady Windermere's Fan

Sos Eltis

in Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121831
eISBN:
9780191671340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121831.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

According to Oscar Wilde's theories of art, the genius of the artist lies not in invention but in adaptation. The critic is therefore the supreme artist, superior to the original creator; the critic ... More


An Ideal Husband

Sos Eltis

in Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198121831
eISBN:
9780191671340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121831.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Drama

Interviewed by a reporter from the Sketch a week after An Ideal Husband opened at the Haymarket, Oscar Wilde provocatively dismissed the role of the public in judging the success of his play. In a ... More


Synge, Reading, and Archipelago

Nicholas Allen

in Synge and Edwardian Ireland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199609888
eISBN:
9780191731778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609888.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Reading is a key activity in Synge’s plays. The printed word networked Ireland into a global system of news exchange. In this sense, the popular press is a written trace of the complex, contested and ... More


Preserving the Relics of Heroic Time: Visualizing the Celtic Revival in Early Twentieth-Century Ireland

Nicola Gordon Bowe

in Synge and Edwardian Ireland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199609888
eISBN:
9780191731778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609888.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The aim of this chapter is to reflect the aspirations and achievements of early twentieth century Ireland through the Irish Arts and Crafts movement, fuelled as it was by 19th century antiquarian ... More


Political Animals: Somerville and Ross and Percy French on Edwardian Ireland

Julie Anne Stevens

in Synge and Edwardian Ireland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199609888
eISBN:
9780191731778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609888.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the use of animals in popular comic material of the early 1900s by women writers, Somerville and Ross, and entertainer, Percy French. It considers two Irish R.M. stories and ... More


Japanese Counterculture: The Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Sh ji

Steven C. Ridgely

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667529
eISBN:
9781452946801
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667529.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Terayama Shūji (1935–1983) was an avant-garde Japanese poet, dramatist, film director, and photographer known for his highly provocative art. This book examines Terayama’s life and art to show that a ... More


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