Arts

Britten the Anthologist
Benjamin Britten was one of several twentieth-century British composers active before the Second World War who wrote “anthology cycles”—that is, cyclic vocal works on poetry anthologies of the composer's own making. This apparently British invention is deeply indebted to the widespread success of the anthology as a literary form in classrooms, homes, and marketplaces of Victorian and Edwa...


The Face Is a Politics: A Close-Up View of Julie Dash's Illusions
This article yields three new and interlocking readings of Julie Dash's Illusions (US, 1982), a classic of black feminist cinema frequently analyzed from the intersectional standpoint of gendered and racial representation. First, I explore Dash's potent use of close-ups at key points in the film, which is itself precisely structured as a palindromic procession into and back through a series of ...
An Affair to Forget: Melancholia in Bromantic Comedy
This article looks at theories of melancholia to analyze "bromantic" comedies of the kind often associated with film producer, director, and writer Judd Apatow. Taking its title from the references to the film An Affair to Remember (dir. Leo McCarey, US, 1957) that run through the classic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle (dir. Nora Ephron, US, 1993), this article suggests that in fact roman...


Slapstick Comediennes in Transitional Cinema: Between Body and Medium
This article rethinks the emergence of narrative film syntax through the comedy genre, focusing on slapstick films that depict female unruliness. I discuss films featuring Mabel Normand, Florence Turner, Marie Dressler, Sarah Duhamel, and other forgotten silent comediennes, arguing that these women's performances played crucial roles in orchestrating transitions in industrial film form. Focusin...
Care, Shame, and Intimacy: Reconsidering the Pleasures of Plastic Surgery Reality Television
Critical accounts of plastic surgery television tend to explain women viewers' engagement with it either through comparisons to pornography and in terms of visual pleasure or by figuring the viewer as a docile, disciplined subject who reproduces the values espoused by the format. This article offers an alternative account of the pleasures of plastic surgery television series by paying attention...


Slaves of the House and Victims of Love: New Life and Relationship Challenges in Dwelling Narrowness
Dwelling Narrowness (Wo ju, translated literally as "snail dwelling") became Chinese netizens' "favorite TV drama" in 2009. In this paper, I focus on a complex of issues in contemporary Chinese society about which Dwelling Narrowness provoked extensive discussion: love, sex, and relationships. Specifically, I consider two facets of the series. One is its appropriation of controversial issues in...
Lynn Hunt
In this interview Lynn Hunt discusses why she studied the French Revolution, how she used images in her research, and why she cares about psychology. She also reflects on issues of affirmative action, intellectual style, and her recent retirement.

Paul Rabinow
Paul Rabinow, interviewed by Frédéric Keck, reflects on the ethics of truth claims and on how his training in philosophy and anthropology led him from Moroccan saints to biotech scientists in California, France, and Iceland.
Caution, Religion! Iconoclasm, Secularism, and Ways of Seeing in Post-Soviet Art Wars
This article looks at recent Russian lawsuits accusing artists and curators of "inciting religious hatred." It seeks to explain the reasons behind these controversies by considering the respective scopic regimes informing several exhibits and subsequent trials from 1998 to 2010. One might expect members of the post-Soviet Russian intelligentsia to unanimously back the accused artists and thus t...

A case study of scaling multiple parameters by the violin
This article will present a single case study of the acoustic attributes of sound production techniques that are involved in the expansion of performance practice with the violin. In this study, four elements were chosen from the multidimensional network involved in playing a normal tone, and then each was intentionally decoupled from ordinario. These elements (bow speed, bow placement, bow ang...
„Frauen beraten Frauen“ oder multi-, inter-, intra- und transdisziplinäre Un-/Diszipliniertheit
Der Beitrag gibt einen Einblick in die gelebte interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit im Verein „Frauen beraten Frauen“. Auch der Artikel selbst entstand als Gemeinschaftsprojekt mehrerer Mitarbeiterinnen mit unterschiedlichen Ausbildungen und Schwerpunkten und spiegelt die Differenzen und das Verbindende wider. Nach einem kurzen Überblick über die Organisationsstruktur und die Geschichte des ...

Integration von Psychoanalyse und Psychodrama – Teufelszeug oder Segen? Ein Plädoyer für den Segen
Der Autor geht der Frage nach, inwieweit es einen integrativen Prozess zwischen Psychoanalyse, bzw. der tiefenpsychologisch fundierten Psychotherapie und dem Psychodrama auf der Ebene der Theorie oder der Ebene der Behandlungstechnik geben kann? Der Intersubjektivismus wird als theoretische Grundlage für einen solchen Integrationsprozess beschrieben und durch die Control-Mastery-Theorie ergän...
The Challenges of Imitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders with Implications for General Music Education
With emphasis on inclusive education, many music teachers interact with children on the autism spectrum within regular classroom settings. Many of these teachers rely on rote learning to teach a variety of musical skills. This creates difficulties for children on the autism spectrum who respond differently to imitation than their typically developing peers. By understanding this phenomenon, mus...
The effects of absolute pitch ability and musical training on lexical tone perception
The relationship between processing of speech and music was explored here via the linguistic vehicle of lexical tone. People with amusia have been found to be impaired on linguistic tasks; we examined whether absolute pitch (AP) possessors have an advantage on linguistic tasks. Participants were 3 groups of monolingual Australian-English speakers: non-AP musicians (musically-trained individuals...
Theoretical Considerations of Spirit and Spirituality in Music Therapy
Spirituality, an innately human construct and force with pervasive influence across the expanse of human experience, organically and fluidly aligns with music as a similarly indigenous facet of human expression and experience. When integrated, music amplifies and intensifies spiritual experiences such that new meaning for the client can emerge that transcends current modes of "being". Spiritual...