Edward Bond: A Critical Study

Author: P. Billingham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137368012

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 182

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This new study of one of Britain's greatest modern playwrights represents the first major, extended discussion of Edward Bond's work in over twenty years. The book combines rigorous and stimulating analysis and discussion of Bond's plays and ideas about drama and society. For the first time, there is also discussion of selected plays from his later, post-2000 period, including Innocence and Have I None, alongside explorations of widely studied plays such as Saved.
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The James Bond Phenomenon

A Critical Reader

Author: Christoph Lindner

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719065415

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

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Sean Connery's tuxedo, Ursula Andress' bikini, Oddjob's bowler hat, and Q's gadgets are just a few defining features of the 007 world examined in this text. Drawn from the fields of literary, film, music and cultural studies, the essays in this collection range from revitalized readings of Ian Fleming's spy novels to the analysis of Pussy Galore's lesbianism, Miss Monneypenny's filmic feminism and Pierce Brosnan's techno-fetishism. Together the essays not only consider the James Bond novels and films in relation to their historical, political and social contexts, from the Cold-War period onwards, but also examine the classic bond canon from an array of theoretical perspectives. What the text aims to show is that there is much more to the 007 series than cheap thrills, fast cars and beautiful women. Leach, among others, Lindner illustrates not only how the Bond character has conquered the globe, but has sustained its pre-eminence across six decades. Starting with the original books and moving through the films, the music and the marketing, this study should be of use to students of film, media, popular literature, marketing and cultural studies.
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Edward Bond Letters

Author: Edward Bond

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415270205

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 201

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Edward Bond Letters 5 contains over thirty letters and papers covering Bond's controversial views on violence and justice, plays, writers and directors, and a postscript that is Bond's discussion of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. As always the explosive content of these letters applies to Bond's plays and society as a whole. We learn through these absorbing letters his attitude to violence. Bond believes that all violence is the manifestation of an unbalanced and dangerous society. As with the four preceding volumes in this collection, Edward Bond is critical of our present theatre, but at the same time his observations are useful in indicating how theatre can be changed. Bond's illustrations provide a lively accompaniment to the letters.
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Edward Bond: Letters 2

Author: Ian Stuart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134363184

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Spirituality and Desire in Leonard Cohen's Songs and Poems

Visions from the Tower of Song

Author: Peter Billingham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781443816861

Category:

Page: 168

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"This volume represents the first ever collection of essays on Leonard Cohen to be published in the UK and one of the very first to be produced internationally. The essays range from unique insights offered by Cohen's award-winning, authorised biographer Sylvie Simmons through to discussions of major themes in Cohen's output, such as spirituality and desire, and include creative reflections from a filmmaker and poets upon their own creative response to his practice. Emerging from a one day symposium organised by Professor Peter Billingham at the University of Winchester, UK, to celebrate Cohen's 80th birthday, this Festschrift collection represents a uniquely stimulating, insightful and provocative discussion of the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen, combining academic rigour with serious engagement with this remarkable poet and singer-songwriter. In the wake of the tragic news of Cohen's passing in late 2016, with a legacy of iconic favourites such as "Suzanne" and "Bird on the Wire" through to more recent worldwide successes such as "Hallelujah" and "Anthem", this book is a must-read for cultural studies scholars and Cohen aficionados alike."
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The Troubadour Lyric

A Psychocritical Reading

Author: Rouben Charles Cholakian

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719032158

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Applies psychoanalytic and feminist theory to a close analysis of the feminine love object and the portrayal of gender relationships in the work of five major troubadours, and concludes that far from comprising a cult of love and femininity, the poems are the product of an androcentric, homosocial culture that excludes women and places its fears and inadequacies on them. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Danny Boyle - Lust for Life

A Critical Analysis of All the Films from Shallow Grave to 127 Hours

Author: Mark Browning

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 0957112807

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 231

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Danny Boyle is one of contemporary filmmaking’s most exciting talents. Since the early 1990s he has steadily created a body of work that crosses genres and defies easy categorisation, from black humour (Shallow Grave), gritty realism (Trainspotting), screwball comedy (A Life Less Ordinary), cult adaptations (The Beach), and horror (28 Days Later), to science fiction (Sunshine), children’s drama (Millions), love stories (Slumdog Millionaire) and tales of personal redemption (127 Hours). Unlike many of his peers, Boyle seems most comfortable when working with modest budgets, relying on acting ability rather than special effects, and surrounding himself with a trusted team of writers, cinematographers and production designers. His restless energy, vitality and drive find their expression in the celebratory tone of his films – their lust for life. In this book, Mark Browning provides a rigorous but highly accessible analysis of Boyle’s work, discussing the processes by which he absorbs generic and literary influences, the way he gains powerful performances both from inexperienced casts and A-list stars, his portrayal of regional identity, his use of moral dilemmas as a narrative trigger, and the religious undercurrents that permeate his films.
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The Idea of Greater Britain

Empire and the Future of World Order, 1860-1900

Author: Duncan Bell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691151164

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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During the tumultuous closing decades of the nineteenth century, as the prospect of democracy loomed and as intensified global economic and strategic competition reshaped the political imagination, British thinkers grappled with the question of how best to organize the empire. Many found an answer to the anxieties of the age in the idea of Greater Britain, a union of the United Kingdom and its settler colonies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and southern Africa. In The Idea of Greater Britain, Duncan Bell analyzes this fertile yet neglected debate, examining how a wide range of thinkers conceived of this vast "Anglo-Saxon" political community. Their proposals ranged from the fantastically ambitious--creating a globe-spanning nation-state--to the practical and mundane--reinforcing existing ties between the colonies and Britain. But all of these ideas were motivated by the disquiet generated by democracy, by challenges to British global supremacy, and by new possibilities for global cooperation and communication that anticipated today's globalization debates. Exploring attitudes toward the state, race, space, nationality, and empire, as well as highlighting the vital theoretical functions played by visions of Greece, Rome, and the United States, Bell illuminates important aspects of late-Victorian political thought and intellectual life.
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Judas Iscariot: Damned or Redeemed

A Critical Examination of the Portrayal of Judas in Jesus Films (1902-2014)

Author: Carol A. Hebron

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567668304

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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At the beginning of the 20th century, Judas was characterised in film as the epitome of evil: the villainous Jew. Film-makers cast Judas in this way because this was the Judas that audiences had come to recognize and even expect. But in the following three decades, film-makers - as a result of critical biblical study - were more circumspect about accepting the alleged historicity of the Gospel accounts. Carol A. Hebron examines the figure of Judas across film history to show how the portrayal becomes more nuanced and more significant, even to the point where Judas becomes the protagonist with a role in the film equal in importance to that of Jesus'. Hebron examines how, in these films, we begin to see a rehabilitation of the Judas character and a restoration of Judaism. Hebron reveals two distinct theologies: 'rejection' and 'acceptance'. The Nazi Holocaust and the exposure of the horrors of genocide at the end of World War II influenced how Judaism, Jews, and Judas, were to be portrayed in film. Rehabilitating the Judas character and the Jews was necessary, and film was deemed an appropriate medium in which to begin that process.
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