Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty
and the Spectacle of Beauty
One of the most influential artists working in the genre of ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') in late 18th century Japan, Kitagawa Utamaro (c1753-1806) was renowned for his prints of beautiful women. In this book, Davis reinterprets Utamaro in the context of his times, reconstructing the place of the ukiyo-e artist within the world of the commercial print market. The study offers a new approach to issues such as the status of the artist and the construction of identity, gender, sexuality and celebrity in the Edo period.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In this book from the Critical Lives series, Stephen Hart provides new insight into the life and work of the Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) and describes how the political struggles of Latin America influenced his writing, from One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) to Memories of My Melancholy Whores (2004).
The Sacred to Santa
This cultural study explores the evolution of Christmas. From its historical origins to the folklore of Santa Claus and the fiction of Scrooge, and from traditional trees and carols to Yuletide films and novelty singles, Tara Moore discusses the holiday as a unifying but also divisive event, and probes the tension between the sacred and the secular.
Part of the Critical Lives series, this illustrated book explores the key moments in Genet’s life, where his political beliefs were most prominent. Genet’s championing of marginalized people was made clear in works such as Our Lady of the Flowers and The Screens and his provocative writing, theatre and film projects influenced numerous writers and directors.
The Jazz Composer
Moving Music off the Paper
Internationally renowned jazz composer Graham Collier (1937–2011) offers a radical analysis of the composer’s place in a genre associated with improvisation and traditional ‘standards’. Looking back over the development of jazz composition, he considers the work of such important figures as Gil Evans and ‘acknowedged genius’ Duke Ellington. He then examines the new directions taken by contemporary jazz, illustrating his points with examples from his own music and anecdotes from his life. References to websites may no longer be valid.