Member News - Winter 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019
Minou Arjomand (University of Texas at Austin) published Staged: Show Trials, Political Theater, and the Aesthetics of Judgment (Columbia University Press, 2018). Staged draws together a rich archive of postwar theater with Hannah Arendt's political philosophy to reveal how theater enables forms of storytelling and judgment that are inadmissible in a court of law but indispensable for public life.
THE HAMBURG DRAMATURGY by G.E. LESSING: A NEW AND COMPLETE ENGLISH TRANSLATION is now in print from Routledge Press. The volume was translated by ASTR member Wendy Arons (Carnegie Mellon University) in collaboration with Sara Figal, edited by ASTR member Natalya Baldyga, and includes an essay by ASTR member Michael Chemers (University of California Santa Cruz).
Susan Bennett (University of Calgary) and Kim Solga (Western University) are co-editors of a new Bloomsbury Methuen series, Theory for Theatre Studies. The series features volumes that unpack keywords in the discipline through accessible and diverse case studies. Aimed primarily at senior undergraduate and graduate students, TfTS books will also make great primers for scholars branching out into new areas of research. The first two volumes, Space by Kim Solga and Sound by Susan Bennett, are published early in 2019 with volumes on emotion, economics, bodies, movement and memory forthcoming. For further information, see https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/theory-for-theatre-studies/
Meredith Conti’s (University at Buffalo, SUNY) book Playing Sick: Performances of Illness in the Age of Victorian Medicine was published by Routledge in August 2018. Playing Sick reconstructs how actors embodied three of the era’s most provocative illnesses (tuberculosis, drug addiction, and mental illness) on the late nineteenth-century stages of Britain and the United States. In placing performances of illness within wider medicocultural contexts, Conti analyzes how such depictions confirmed or resisted salient constructions of diseases and the diseased. For more information or to order, visit https://www.routledge.com/Playing-Sick-Performances-of-Illness-in-the-Age-of-Victorian-Medicine/Conti/p/book/9781138703117. Conti also recently won an ASTR Research Fellowship and a University at Buffalo Gender Institute Research Fellowship for her new book project “Gunpowder Plots: A Cultural History of Firearms and the American Theatre.”
Kimberly Jannarone (UC Santa Cruz) is a Visiting Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama in Winter 2019. Her essay on systems of physical culture, "Confederation and Control: Mass Gymnastics and the Czech and German Bodies Politic,” appears in Theatre Journal in March.
Virginie Magnat (The University of British Columbia) co-edited with Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston (York University) the Thematic Section “Ethnography, Performance and Imagination” for Anthropologica Volume 60 Issue 2, 2018: https://utpjournals.press/toc/anth/current. This issue features Magnat's article "Chanter la diversité culturelle en Occitanie: Ethnographie performative d’une tradition réimaginée": https://utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/anth.2017-0042. Magnat and Kazubowski-Houston also co-edited the Special Issue “The Transdisciplinary Travels of Ethnography” for Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies Vol. 18(6), 2018: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/csca/18/6, featuring Magnat's article “A Traveling Ethnography of Voice in Qualitative Research”: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1532708617742407
Derek Miller (Harvard University) published his first book, Copyright and the Value of Performance, 1770-1911 with Cambridge University Press. The book explores the implicit legal theories of the performing arts in nineteenth-century Anglo-American copyright law. Drawing on close readings of litigation and contemporary copyright debates, the book argues that copyright law creates performances as commodities by negotiating multiple theories of performance’s value. Tell your libraries and/or purchase from https://www.cambridge.org/9781108425889 with code DMILLER2018 for a 20% discount through June.