Arts

Smoke like incense”: sacrifice, Shakespeare and the Shoah
Richard Marientras' book Le Proche et Le Lontain was misrepresented as a work of structuralist anthropology when its English translation was published in 1985 as New Perspectives on the Shakespearean World. In fact, it belonged to the post-structuralist deconstruction of the binarism of civilization and barbarism, and explored how “wildness can erupt at the heart of the civilized”. Its them...


My Father's Ghost: A Story of Encounter and Transcendence
This autoethnography is about my personal search for my father, who was an early presence in my life, but who gradually became a palpable absence. In many ways, I have been searching for my father all my life, and somehow hoping to rekindle a relationship that I have experienced mostly as something I lost early. As my search progressed across a span of more than fifty years, I found my father i...
Provocation Versus Performativity: Launching la littérature coloniale française in 1909
In 1909, the colonial newspaper La Dépêche coloniale launched an enquiry entitled La Littérature coloniale de la France comparée à celle d'Angleterre. It was through this initiative that the idea of a ‘French colonial literature’ first caught wider public attention and generated polemics in literary circles and beyond. The aim of this article is to study the aesthetic and ideological a...


The fashion blog as genre—between user-driven bricolage design and the reproduction of established fashion system
Fashion as a phenomenon cannot be understood independently of the visual images and designed presentations that convey the content and forms of fashion. With the breakthrough of the digital media in the 2000s we were introduced to new ways of communicating and staging fashion where the blog in particular has established a new media culture for the distribution and exchange of potential fashion-...
Sing, Play, and Create: All in 20 Minutes!
Young teachers often struggle with pacing and the ability to cover more than one or two songs and activities in a single 30-minute general music class. Included in this article are lesson activities that show it is not only possible to include many of the National Standards in a single lesson, but also possible to sing, play, and create in every lesson. In addition, these fun and exciting activ...


Colorful Plasticity and Equalized Transparency: Schoenberg's Orchestrations of Bach and Brahms
While orchestration treatises such as Egon Wellesz's Die neue Instrumentation (1928) celebrated the increasing emancipation of diverse individual instrumental timbres, some of Schoenberg's remarkably conservative twentieth-century prescriptions for orchestration prefer equalized instrumental sonorities. Instead of highlighting individual wind colors, his orchestrations of Bach's "St. Anne" Fugu...
Transcriptome comparison of global distinctive features between pollination and parthenocarpic fruit set reveals transcriptional phytohormone crosstalk in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.)
Parthenocarpy is an important trait determining yield and quality of fruit crops. However, the understanding of the mechanisms underlying parthenocarpy induction is limited. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is abundant in parthenocarpic germplasm resources and is an excellent model organism for parthenocarpy studies. In this study, the transcriptome of cucumber fruits were studied using RNA-sequen...

Bach's Art of Fugue: suggestions for the last gap
This article disputes the generally accepted view that the unfinished fugue from Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge can be completed with the theme in its original form. Nor can it represent the final quadruple inversion-fugue described in the Nekrolog. This was, the author believes, at the time the original edition was prepared still fragmentarily extant as the Grund Plan noted on the back of one...
Old Dog, New Tricks”: Resurrecting James Bond in Skyfall
Bond has long served as a cipher for the British nation; therefore his personal struggle also exposes cultural anxiety about Britain’s waning global influence and increasing vulnerability in the twenty-first[.]The post “Old Dog, New Tricks”: Resurrecting James Bond in Skyfall appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal....

Kutcher Punk’d Wozniak and Brogrammed Jobs to Hide the Women
Ashton Kutcher, producer and star of MTV’s celebrity prankster series Punk’d, played a prank on Steve Wozniak in the film Jobs, where he stars in the title role. The prank[.]The post Kutcher Punk’d Wozniak and Brogrammed Jobs to Hide the Women appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal....
On the Walkabout: Remembering Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979-January 22, 2008)
“Wasn’t he just there, standing right in front of us?” Actors are known to be complicated beings. Because the successful ones loom so large in our vision, their deaths are[.]The post On the Walkabout: Remembering Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979-January 22, 2008) appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal....

Inside the Dreamboat Factory: The Fairy Godfather of Hollywood
“He won’t be gay when I get through with him!” Revisiting legendary gay agent Henry Willson via Robert Hafler’s biography Henry Willson, The Man Who Invented Hollywood His business card[.]The post Inside the Dreamboat Factory: The Fairy Godfather of Hollywood appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal....
Going to Extremes #2: Cymbeline (Sometimes in Britain)
Where all this takes me is to the thought that fiction frequently presents human personality as something lost or imprisoned – by self-ignorance and suspicion if by nothing worse. “We’re[.]The post Going to Extremes #2: Cymbeline (Sometimes in Britain) appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal....
Men in Peril, Hollywood, & Our Culture’s Skewed Portrayal of Heart Disease
“An ill heart, expressive of character rather than culture, guarantees three things. First, by holding the individual responsible, the largest offenders, diet and a sedentary populace, are given a pass.[.]The post Men in Peril, Hollywood, & Our Culture’s Skewed Portrayal of Heart Disease appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal....
From the Magico-Mythical to Reality-Congruence: Models and Anti-models in Pierre Bergounioux's La Mort de Brune
This article analyzes Pierre Bergounioux's La Mort de Brune and argues that its structure and treatment of secondary characters offer strong evidence of debt to two ostensibly very different sources: the Arthurian quest narrative and traditional early learning materials. Drawing on Norbert Elias's social theory, the article seeks to show that Bergounioux exploits these textual and visual source...