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Performance and Authenticity in the Arts

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts

Salim Kemal, Ivan Gaskell, Gregory Scott, Peter Iver Kaufman, Nicholas Davey, Michael Tanner, Malcolm Budd, Fred Everett Maus, Stan Godlovitch, Joseph J. Kockelmans, Alex Neill, Peter Middleton, Henry M. Sayre
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521147439

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  • This book brings together a distinguished group of scholars from music, drama, poetry, performance art, criticism, religion, classics, and philosophy to investigate the complex and developing interaction between performance and authenticity in the arts. The subjects discussed include the experiences of religious and aesthetic authenticity, the performance of music, the link of authority and sincerity and truth in poetry, and the dark side of performance--its constant susceptibility to inauthenticity. Together the essays suggest how issues of performance and authenticity enter into consideration of a wide range of the arts.

    • Inter-disciplinary
    • Accessible to both upper-level students and academics
    • Considers practical, performance-related issues as well as theoretical ones
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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521147439
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Editor's acknowledgements
    1. Performance and authenticity Salim Kemal and Ivan Gaskell
    Part I. Performance, Religion, and Authenticity:
    2. The Poetics of performance: the necessity of spectacle, music, and dance in Aristotelian tragedy Gregory Scott
    3. The 'confessing animal' on stage: authenticity, asceticism, and the constant 'inconstancie' of Elizabethan character Peter Iver Kaufman
    4. Art, religion, and the hermeneutics of authenticity Nicholas Davey
    Part II. Understanding, Performance, and Authenticity:
    5. Understanding music Michael Tanner
    6. Understanding music Malcolm Budd
    7. Musical performance as analytic communication Fred Everett Maus
    8. Performance authenticity: possible, practical, virtuous Stan Godlovitch
    9. Why is it impossible in language to articulate the meaning of a work of music? Joseph J. Kockelmans
    Part III. Authenticity, Poetry, and Performance:
    10. Inauthenticity, insincerity, and poetry Alex Neill
    11. Poetry's oral stage Peter Middleton
    12. True stories: Spalding Gray and the authenticities of performance Henry M. Sayre

  • Editors

    Salim Kemal

    Ivan Gaskell, Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts


    Salim Kemal, Ivan Gaskell, Gregory Scott, Peter Iver Kaufman, Nicholas Davey, Michael Tanner, Malcolm Budd, Fred Everett Maus, Stan Godlovitch, Joseph J. Kockelmans, Alex Neill, Peter Middleton, Henry M. Sayre

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