Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones enjoyed one of the most successful theatrical collaborations of Renaissance England with their spectacular court masques. But their relationship soured over a dispute as to what was most important in the masque: the poetry of the former or the set and costume design of the latter. This book attempts to resolve the debate using a theoretical term developed by Victor Turner: liminality, a condition or status between two conditions or statuses. Dr. Gregory Wilson argues that the masque is in a perpetual state of liminality, existing in the margin between performance and an observing audience. The masque is more than historically interesting; it negotiates the space between possibility and reality. This book searches for that intervening ground and the resolution of the "problem in the middle."
Facing South tells the story of the harpsichord and piano in early South and North Carolina (1700 to 1850) from the point of view of the owners and performers who used them.
In addition to being a major twentieth-century author, John Dos Passos painted, principally in watercolor, throughout his career. This book demonstrates that Dos Passos’s lifelong commitment to and practice of pictorial representation are vital aspects of his career because they confirm and manifest in both verbal and visual stylistics such modernist tendencies as Fauvism, Cubism, and Expressionism. This book reproduces 68 examples of Dos Passos’s art, almost all in full color.
Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, and Internationalism focuses on the themes of art, education, and internationalism. This volume presents new research by an international team of scholars on topics as diverse as Woolf's response to war, Woolf and desire, Woolf's literary representation of Scotland, Woolf's connection to writers beyond the Anglophone tradition, and Woolf's reception in China, to note just a few.