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Persistence of Folly
On the Origins of German Dramatic Literature
Joel B. Lande
Joel B. Lande’s Persistence of Folly challenges the accepted account of the origins of German theater by focusing on the misunderstood figure of the fool, whose spontaneous and impish jest captivated audiences, critics, and playwrights from the late sixteenth through the early nineteenth century. Lande radically expands the scope of literary...



Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan
Justin Jesty
Justin Jesty’s Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan reframes the history of art and its politics in Japan post-1945. This fascinating cultural history addresses our broad understanding of the immediate postwar era moving toward the Cold War and subsequent consolidations of political and cultural life. At the same time, Jesty delves into an...






Staging Harmony
Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Drama
Katherine Steele Brokaw
In Staging Harmony, Katherine Steele Brokaw reveals how the relationship between drama, music, and religious change across England's long sixteenth century moved religious discourse to more moderate...



The Soul of Pleasure
Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment
David Monod
Show business is today so essential to American culture it's hard to imagine a time when it was marginal. But as David Monod demonstrates, the appetite for amusements outside the home developed slowly over the course of the nineteenth century. The Soul of Pleasure offers a new interpretation of how the taste for entertainment was...



Theatrical Heritage
Challenges and Opportunities
n accessible essays written by theater and music scholars, performers, directors, conservators, and administrators from Europe and the United States, new methods are advanced to reactivate the theatrical past.



Mass Theatre in Inter-War Europe
Flanders and the Netherlands in an International Perspective
In many European countries mass theater was a widespread expression of "community art" that became increasingly popular shortly before World War I. Mass plays in Flanders and the Netherlands had a distinctive character, displaying an ideological heterogeneity not seen elsewhere.



Shakespeare's Medieval Craft
Remnants of the Mysteries on the London Stage
Kurt A. Schreyer
Kurt A. Schreyer explores the relationship between Shakespeare's plays and a tradition of late medieval English biblical drama known as mystery...



"On Baile's Strand"
Manuscript Materials
W. B. Yeats
The Cornell Yeats edition presents photographs and transcriptions of the manuscripts, typescripts, and revised proof pages that trace Yeats's textual revisions for On Baile's Strand.



The Early Modern Cultures of Neo-Latin Drama
The essays in this collection all illustrate the vitality of Neo-Latin drama in early modern Europe, arising from its productive combination of classical models with deep-rooted vernacular traditions.



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