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1. The political popular

1. The political popular  

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

in Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191789694
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723097.003.0001
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Very little of India’s early cinema has been preserved, so its history is based on intense memories and short remnants of films. Indian cinema was ‘officially’ born with Dhundiraj Govind ... More
5. Body and soul

5. Body and soul  

Kenneth Morgan

in Australia: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778001
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10.1093/actrade/9780199589937.003.0005
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Australia's climate, location, colonial past, and American cultural influences have affected its national leisure pursuits. ‘Body and soul’ looks at the importance of fitness, sport, beach ... More
4. The new cinemas

4. The new cinemas  

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

in Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2016
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723097.003.0004
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In 1956, a decade after Independence, India divided its regional states along linguistic lines. This politically-loaded decision opened up fraught histories that went back well over a ... More
3. Perceptions of language

3. Perceptions of language  

John Edwards

in Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780199365920
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10.1093/actrade/9780199858613.003.0003
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9780199858613
‘Perceptions of language’ explores studies of the perception of language varieties, and argues that while listeners may believe that some varieties are grammatically or aesthetically ... More
5. The makers of theatre

5. The makers of theatre  

Marvin Carlson

in Theatre: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781322
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669820.003.0005
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As soon as one human being stands up before others and pretends to be something or someone else, both acting and theatre are created. However, one of the most distinctive features of ... More
Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction  

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191789694
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723097.001.0001
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One film out of every five made anywhere comes from India. From its beginnings under colonial rule through to the heights of Bollywood, Indian cinema has challenged social injustices such ... More
2. Late colonial India

2. Late colonial India  

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

in Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2016
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10.1093/actrade/9780198723097.003.0002
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Between 1920 and 1931 India saw its first boom in indigenous film production. Indian cinema was clearly set to take-off, but where to? Both the boom in production, as well as the kind of ... More
Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction  

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

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Feb 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785269
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10.1093/actrade/9780199658770.001.0001
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9780199658770
The story of modern drama is a tale of extremes, testing both audiences and actors to their limits through hostility and contrarianism. Spanning 1880 to the present, Modern Drama: A Very ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

in Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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9780191785269
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10.1093/actrade/9780199658770.003.0001
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Modern drama is often characterized by alienation and hostility, whether it’s between the actors and their audiences, the playwright and the actors, or the playwright and the audience. The ... More
3. Metatheatre and modernity

3. Metatheatre and modernity  

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

in Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785269
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10.1093/actrade/9780199658770.003.0004
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The period 1920–40 saw the flowering of high modernism, involving radical innovation and experimentation across literature and the arts including the theatre. Dramatists in these decades ... More
Theatre: A Very Short Introduction

Theatre: A Very Short Introduction  

Marvin Carlson

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781322
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669820.001.0001
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9780199669820
From before history was recorded to the present day, theatre has been a major artistic form around the world. From puppetry to mimes and street theatre, this complex art has utilized all ... More
1. What is theatre?

1. What is theatre?  

Marvin Carlson

in Theatre: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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9780191781322
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669820.003.0001
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‘What is theatre?’ discusses the origins of theatre and how it has developed in numerous ways in different communities and cultures, from classical Greece to medieval Japan and Italian ... More
6. Taking liberties

6. Taking liberties  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0007
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9780199601714
‘Taking liberties’ looks at the relationship between comedy and aggression. Does laughter embody or diffuse aggression? One theory states that the laugh may be an aborted cry of concern, or ... More
Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?

Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0013
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9780198785293
‘Epilogue: why might we enjoy tragedies?’ considers why we pay good money to subject ourselves to displays of misery, cruelty, suicide, murder—even cannibalism. Perhaps central to the ... More
4. Theatre and performance

4. Theatre and performance  

Marvin Carlson

in Theatre: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781322
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669820.003.0004
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Modern interest in performance can be traced to several different developments from the 1950s to 1970s in the art world, in academic theatre, and in the social sciences, particularly ... More
2. Sex, suffrage, and scandal

2. Sex, suffrage, and scandal  

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

in Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785269
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10.1093/actrade/9780199658770.003.0003
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‘Sex, suffrage, and scandal’ gives a sense of the turbulence and experimentation marking the drama across Europe and America in the early 20th century. There was no single tendency, as this ... More
4. Critic

4. Critic  

Jonathan Culler

in Barthes: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775369
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801593.003.0004
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9780192801593
‘Critic’ explains how Barthes devoted considerable time to the critic's traditional task of interpreting and evaluating writers' achievements. In Michelet par lui-même Barthes produced a ... More
William ShakespeareA Very Short Introduction

William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction  

Stanley Wells

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.001.0001
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9780198718628
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction provides a guide to the life and writings of one of the world’s greatest and best-known dramatists: William Shakespeare. Looking ... More
2. Theatre in Shakespeare’s time

2. Theatre in Shakespeare’s time  

Stanley Wells

in William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.003.0002
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Both drama and theatre were developing rapidly in Shakespeare’s early years. ‘Theatre in Shakespeare’s time’ explains how Shakespeare followed in the footsteps of the first great wave of ... More
7. Translational literature

7. Translational literature  

Matthew Reynolds

in Translation: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2016
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Oct 2016
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9780191780622
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10.1093/actrade/9780198712114.003.0007
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9780198712114
‘Literature’ is often attached to a region of the world and its culture. But what if there are other ways of configuring the global geography of imaginative writing? ‘Translational ... More

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