Popular Entertainment Studies (7:1-2)

19 October, 2016 by Gillian Arrighi | 0 comments

Popular Entertainment Studies (7:1-2)

The latest edition of Popular Entertainment Studies (7:1-2) has just been published and is available online at: https://novaojs.newcastle.edu.au/ojs/index.php/pes

There are six articles in this edition, offering new insights into the scope of the contemporary academic field of popular entertainment studies.

Susan C. Haedicke (University of Warwick, UK) brings to light performance-based projects by companies Le Phun, Opéra Pagaï, Friches Théâtre Urbain and Fallen Fruit, whose ephemeral urban farms in unexpected city sites suggest imaginative provocations to world-wide concerns around food security.

Caroline Heim (QUT, Australia) investigates the vibrant theatre fan audience communities that abound on Broadway, comparing fan practices that began in the nineteenth century with twenty-first century practices.

Henry Balme (Yale University) examines the international performance trajectory of The Mousmé, arguing the history of this production exemplifies the process of performative re-contextualisation that accompanied Edwardian musical comedies as they travelled from London’s West End to Yokohama and Tokyo.

Kim Baston (La Trobe University, Australia) proposes that a legacy from nineteenth century hippodrama is evident in the recent resurgence of equestrian theatrical companies. Drawing on recent performances by the companies Cavalia and Théâtre du Centaure, she investigates the shifting narratives surrounding the contemporary equestrian spectacle.

Yilin Chen (Providence University, Taiwan) considers the influence of Shakespeare within Japanese shōjo manga comics. Focussing on Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, her article examines the ways in which Viola and her sexuality are explored in two manga adaptations of this play.

Yeeyon Im (Yeungnam University, South Korea) considers Shakespeare’s relation to popular culture, particularly in the South Korean context, examining the production, marketing and reception of Musical Hamlet in Seoul.



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