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Epic performances from the Middle Ages into the twenty-first century

Author: Fiona Macintosh; Justine McConnell; S J Harrison; Claire Kenward
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.
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Greek and Roman epic poetry has always provided creative artists with a rich storehouse of themes: this volume is the first systematic attempt to chart its afterlife across a range of diverse performance traditions, with analysis ranging widely across time, place, genre, and academic and creative disciplines.
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Epic performances from the Middle Ages into the twenty-first century.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1024210028
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Macintosh; Justine McConnell; S J Harrison; Claire Kenward
ISBN: 9780192526243 0192526243
OCLC Number: 1061148360
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Contents: Cover; Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Contributors; Note on Nomenclature, Spelling, and Texts; I: Defining Terms; 1: 'Epic' Performances: From Brecht to Homer and Back; EPIC CONTENT; EPIC FORM; BACK TO BRECHT?; 2: Performing Epic and Reading Homer: An Aristotelian Perspective; ARISTOTLE ON EPIC SCALE AND THE IMPROBABILITY OF THE GODS; HOMER BETWEEN LITERARY CRITICISM AND THE PERFORMING ARTS; The Last Days of Troy and The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead; 3: Shakespeare and Epic. 4: Theatre on an Epic ScalePOSTSCRIPT: THREE EXAMPLES OF THE LOSS OR LACK OF AN EPIC SENSIBILITY IN OUR THEATRE; II: Crossing Genres; 5: Encountering Homer through Greek Plays in Sixteenth-Century Europe; HOMER AND PERFORMANCE; STAGING HOMERIC STORIES; STAGING HOMERIC HYBRIDITY; 6: Epic Acting in Shakespeare's Hamlet; 7: 'I am that same wall; the truth is so': Performing a Tale from Ovid; OVID; OVID'S OVID; SHAKESPEARE'S OVID'S OVID; HUGHES'S SHAKESPEARE'S OVID'S OVID; AFTER SHAKESPEARE; CONCLUSION; 8: Monsters and the Question of Inheritance in Early Modern French Theatre. PROLOGUE: HOLDING BACKPUBLIC SPECTACLE: POËMES DRAGMATIQUES OU THÉÂTRES CONSÉCUTIFS; SECRET STORIES: 'MA RAISON EN SUSPENS BALANCÉE'; EPILOGUE: AFTERLIVES; 9: The Future of Epic in Cinema: Tropes of Reproduction in Ridley Scott's Prometheus; SCIENCE FICTION AND EPIC; GENRE CRITICISM AND THE GENETIC IMAGINARY; CONCLUSION; 10: From Epic to Lyric: Alice Oswald's and Barbara Köhler's Refigurings of Homeric Epic; 11: Choreographing Epic: The Ocean as Epic 'Time-Space' in Homer, Joyce, and Cunningham; BEGINNINGS; HOMERIC AND JOYCEAN CHRONOTOPES; EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION INCUNNINGHAM'S OCEAN. CONCLUSION12: Epic Bodies: Filtering the Past and Embodying the Present-A Performer's Perspective; LE THÊÂTRE DU SOLEIL: THE PRESENCE OF THE ACTOR AND THE PRESENTNESS OF THEATRE; MASKED PRESENCES: FROM ENSEMBLE TO SOLO PRACTICE; III: Formal Refractions; 13: A Harmless Distemper: Accessing the Classical Underworld in Heywood's The Silver Age; 14: Epic Poetry into Contemporary Choreography: Two Twenty-First-Century Dance Adaptations of the Odyssey; NEW MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE, NEST; CATHY MARSTON, 'CHOREOGRAPHING THE KATABASIS'; 15: Voicing Virgil: Dante Performs the Latin Epic. VOICING DANTE THROUGH VIRGILVOICING VIRGIL IN THE VERNACULAR; 16: Homer as Improviser?; IMPROVISATION; THE FORMULA IN HOMER; THE FORMULA (OR MELODIC MOTIF) IN JAZZ IMPROVISATION; MY WRITTEN AND PLAYED IMPROVISATION; THE EXISTENCE OF SIGNIFICANT VARIANTS IN OUR TEXT OF HOMER: 'MULTI-TEXTUALITY'; JAZZ IMPROVISATIONS ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT; EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION, ESPECIALLY IN 'TYPE SCENES'; JAZZ MUSICIANS CAN PLAY LONGER/SHORTER VERSIONS OF THEMES, AND OF WHOLE SONGS; CONCLUSION; 17: 'Now hear this': Text and Performance in Christopher Logue's War Music (1959-2011).
Responsibility: edited by Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison, and Claire Kenward.

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