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Carnival and power : play and politics in a crown colony

Author: Vicki Ann Cremona
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Series: Transnational theatre histories.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book shows how Carnival under British colonial rule became a locus of resistance as well as an exercise and affirmation of power. Carnival is both a space of theatricality and a site of politics, where the playful, participatory aspects are appropriated by countervailing forces seeking to influence, control, channel or redirect power. Focusing specifically on the Maltese islands, a tiny European archipelago  Read more...
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Cremona, Vicki Ann.
Carnival and Power : Play and Politics in a Crown Colony.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
(OCoLC)1006796761
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vicki Ann Cremona
ISBN: 9783319706566 331970656X
OCLC Number: 1022786018
Description: 1 online resource (317 pages)
Contents: 1. Perceptions of Colony and Carnival --
Cultural Transformation vs. Cultural Continuity --
Social Stratification and Power --
Power and Identity --
Book Outline --
2. Power and Its Historical Framework --
Micro and Macro Forces at Play --
Resistance and the Role of the Press --
Historical Background to Social and Political Conditions in Malta --
Social Boundaries and the Language Question --
Carnival, Power and Economic Concerns --
Maltese Political Representation --
3. Social Difference and Street Dynamics --
The First Carnivals Under British Rule: Control and Regulations --
Street Dynamics and Disguise: Paidean Play and Military Order --
Class Difference and Street Play --
Aural Landscapes in Carnival --
Visual Dynamics: The Playful Body --
Disguise and Transformation of the Poorer Classes --
Cross-Dressing --
The Wealthy Classes: Disguise and Behaviour --
Popular Play, Power and Tradition --
Pelting --
Pelted `Punchballs' --
Other Carnival Practices --
4. Fancy Dress, Rank and Dignity: Power and Play in Carnival Balls --
The Fashion of Private and Public Balls --
Social Positioning Between the British and the Maltese Upper Classes --
Rank and Rivalry: The British `Malta Union Club' and the Maltese `Casino Maltese' --
The Power of the Wealthy: The Ball at the Malta Chamber of Commerce --
The Carnival Ball at the Governor's Palace: The Playing Out of `Politics' and `The Political' --
Dance and `Invented Tradition' --
Costume and Theatricality --
Dress Codes and the `Disarticulation' of Power --
Suspension of Palace Balls --
Public Balls: The Circulation of Power --
Balls at the Royal Opera House: `Agon' and Social Behaviour --
Other Public Balls: Popular Access to Paid Entertainment --
Entrance Fees and Standards of Living --
After World War II: Play and Politics --
5. `The Sweet Satires That Prick Where It Is Needed ... ': The Caricature of Power --
Satire: On Foot, on Floats and on Paper --
Social Satires --
Satires on Foreign Politics --
Satires on Politics and Policies Concerning Malta --
The Language Question --
Carnival Satires Abolished --
6. Raising the Levels of Street Carnivals: Competitions and Prizes --
Order vs. Spontaneity --
The Rise of the Organised Carnival in Valletta --
The Emergence of a Carnival Committee --
Competitions and Prizes --
New Efforts at Organisation --
Financial Costs of the Carnival --
Post-War Carnival --
Carnival in Gozo --
Paidia, Ludus, and Politics --
7. Carnival or Carnivals? Political Wrangles Between State, Church and Party --
`Games of Strategy' --
The Political Protagonists --
Transforming the Spectacular into a Symbol of Power --
Carnival in February vs. Carnival in April: Conflicting Times of Celebration --
Parallel Carnivals: Official Carnival vs. Malta Labour Party Celebrations --
8. Politics vs. Religion and State: Beyond Carnival and the Carnivalesque --
May Day Carnival vs. St. Joseph the Worker: Politico-Religious Tug of War --
The September Celebrations: Battles of Symbols --
The Independence Celebrations: Performance and Counter-Performance as Play of Power --
Carnival as a Transnational Cultural Phenomenon.
Series Title: Transnational theatre histories.
Responsibility: Vicki Ann Cremona.

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