Seduction and Power: Antiquity in the Visual and Performing by Silke Knippschild, Marta García Morcillo

By Silke Knippschild, Marta García Morcillo

This quantity makes a speciality of the reception of antiquity within the acting and visible arts from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. It explores the tensions and family members of gender, sexuality, eroticism and gear in reception. Such common subject matters dictated plots and characters of fable and drama, but additionally served to painting old figures, occasions and areas from Classical historical past. Their altering reception and reinterpretation throughout time has created stereotypes, types of advantage or immoral behavior, that mix the unique good points from the traditional global with a various variety of visible and acting arts of the fashionable period. the quantity deconstructs those traditions and indicates how arts of alternative classes interlink to shape and transmit those photos to trendy audiences and audience. Drawing on contributions from throughout Europe and the USA, an indicator of the ebook is the inclusive remedy of all of the arts past the normal limits of educational disciplines. - See extra at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/seduction-and-power-9781441190659/#sthash.yVmSBXoy.dpuf

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Redman commented that the setting of the stories, is a world in which all the senses feast riotously upon sights and sounds and perfumes; upon fruit and flowers and jewels, upon wines and sweets, and upon yielding flesh, both male and female, whose beauty is incomparable. 6 By the early twentieth century harem fantasies were being played out on the stages of the West in performances as ‘highbrow’ as Diaghilev’s 1910 Ballet Russes’ Paris premiere of Scheherazade7 or as popular as the hoochy-cooch ‘belly dance’ of Little Egypt at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

The rapid cutting means that the women of Darius’ harem change from the active observers as visualized in the script (‘Darius’ lovers appear … quickly … in their curiosity to set eyes on the young conqueror’) to the passive observed of the camera’s lens/Alexander’s gaze. Oliver Stone’s use of the camera and of editing to capture the exotic beauty of individuals within the harem pays homage to D. W.  Alexander in the Babylonian Harem, Alexander (O. Stone 2004). Courtesy of The Kobal Collection. 30 Seduction and Power skillful use of the moving camera and slick editing.

39 Conclusion The modern political transformation whereby the fate of Nabucco’s Hebrews becomes tied up with that of the Italian nation epitomizes one of the most interesting qualities of antiquity in Western culture: its capacity to transcend and change its original context. The Babylonian policy to deal with upstart small states on its borders became the story of Jerusalem’s oppression, expressed in psalms and prophecies. Gradually it became something far larger than itself, relevant beyond its immediate historical and geographical context.

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