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The Abbey Theatre and the Irish State  

Lauren Arrington

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
The aesthetic principles of education and representation that Yeats and Gregory set out at the founding of the Abbey Theatre enabled the directorate to cultivate a relationship with the ... More

Abiezer Coppe and the Ranters  

Ariel Hessayon

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Nov 2012
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Jan 2013
This article focuses on the Ranters, who have been described as ‘forming the extreme left wing of the sects’, both theologically and politically. Combining a ‘pantheistic mysticism and a ... More

Abolition and Activism: The Present Uses of Literary Criticism  

James Dawes

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the relationship between literary critical practice and human rights, and describes the present uses of literary criticism. It analyzes an example of abolitionism and ... More

Acephalous Authority: Satire in Butler, Marvell, and Dryden  

Clement Hawes

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Nov 2012
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Jan 2013
This article discusses the satires of Samuel Butler, Andrew Marvell, and John Dryden. All three authors convey a strongly satirical take on the volatile Zeitgeist — its mood of damaged and ... More

Acquiring Wisdom: Teaching Texts and the Lore of the People  

Daniel Anlezark

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article examines the acquisition of wisdom through literary text in medieval England. The most famous collections of wisdom in the Middle Ages were found in two Old Testament books ... More

Acting Real: Cinema, Stage, and the Modernity of Performance in Chinese Silent Film  

Jason McGrath

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Apr 2013
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Oct 2013
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Literature, Film
This chapter examines the critical discourse on acting in early Chinese cinema, and particularly the ways in which the contrast of film acting with stage acting exemplified broader ... More

“Action, Action, Action”: Nineteenth-Century Literature for Twenty-First-Century Citizenship?  

Russ Castronovo and Dana D. Nelson

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines what can be learned from nineteenth-century American literature regarding twenty-first-century citizenship. It investigates how the intellectual project of reading ... More

Active and Contemplative Lives  

Jennifer Summit

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Jun 2010
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Nov 2015
This article examines the debate over the vita activa versus the vita contemplativa in England across the late medieval and early modern periods. After considering the inversion of the ... More

Actors and Puppets From Henry Irving’s Lyceum To Edward Gordon Craig’s Arena Goldoni  

Olga Taxidou

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Oct 2016
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Dec 2016
This chapter explores the ‘aesthetics of catastrophe’ that informs the stage experiments of the period, epitomized by Edward Gordon Craig’s essay-manifesto of 1909, ‘The Actor and the ... More

Actors' Parts  

Tiffany Stern

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
When Quince first meets his actors in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he tells them who they will be playing and a little about their fictional characters. He also distributes to the actors ... More

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