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Scholarly coverage, analysis, and criticism of fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. Includes more than 380 full-text journals and nearly 220 full-text books.
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Call Number: PN2921 .H577 2018 - Drama History & Performance, Browsery (2nd Floor)
Publication Date: 2018
A comprehensive overview of Japanese theatre and its continuing global influence. Written by eminent international scholars, it spans the full range of dance-theatre genres over the past fifteen hundred years, including noh theatre, bunraku puppet theatre, kabuki theatre, shingeki modern theatre, rakugo storytelling, vanguard butoh dance and media experimentation. The first part addresses traditional genres, their historical trajectories and performance conventions. Part II covers the spectrum of new genres since Meiji (1868-), and Parts III to VI provide discussions of playwriting, architecture, Shakespeare, and interculturalism, situating Japanese elements within their global theatrical context. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and prints, this history features interviews with key modern directors, an overview of historical scholarship in English and Japanese, and a timeline. A further reading list covers a range of multimedia resources to encourage further explorations.
Call Number: PN2860 .R68 2017 - Drama History & Performance, Browsery (2nd Floor)
Publication Date: 2016
Advanced level reference guide which surveys the rich and diverse traditions of classical and contemporary performing arts in Asia, showcasing significant scholarship in recent years. A variety of topics across Asia, including dance, music, puppetry, make-up and costume, architecture, colonialism, modernity, gender, musicals, and intercultural Shakespeare. This volume is divided into four sections covering: Representative Theatrical Traditions in Asia; Cross-Regional Aspects of Classical and Folk Theatres; Modern and Contemporary Theatres in Asian Countries; and Modernity, Gender Performance, Intercultural and Musical Theatre in Asia.
Call Number: PL2658.E5 C65 2010 - Drama History & Performance, Browsery (2nd Floor)
Publication Date: 2010
This anthology translates twenty-two popular Chinese plays published between 1919 and 2000, accompanied by a critical introduction to the historical, cultural, and aesthetic evolution of twentieth-century Chinese spoken drama. Primarily comprising works from the People's Republic of China, though including representative plays from Hong Kong and Taiwan, this collection not only showcases the revolutionary rethinking of Chinese theater and performance that began in the late Qing dynasty, it also highlights the formation of Chinese national and gender identities during a period of tremendous social and political change, along with the genesis of contemporary attitudes toward the West.
Call Number: PN2984 .M48 2015 - Drama History & Performance, Browsery (2nd Floor) Call Number
Publication Date: 2015
This volume considers the variety of theatre forms, and the work of the major playwrights and theatre makers producing work in democratic South Africa. It offers an overview of theatre pioneers and theatre forms in Part One, before concentrating on the work of individual playwrights in Part Two. Through its wide-ranging survey of indigenous drama written predominantly in the English language and the analysis of more than 100 plays, a detailed account is provided of post-apartheid South African theatre and its engagement with the country's recent history.