Contemporary asylum narratives: representing refugees in the twenty-first century - Woolley, Agnes
Contemporary Asylum Narratives explores representations of asylum seekers and refugees in contemporary British literature, film and theatre. Taking the turn of this century as a starting point, when legislation around detention, deportation and dispersal began to take effect, it identifies an emerging cultural engagement with asylum in twenty-first century Britain. Through a focus on both established authors and playwrights - Graham Swift, Caryl Phillips and Timberlake Wertenbaker - and emerging writers like Kate Clanchy and Chris Cleave, this study brings literary and cultural criticism to bear on asylum issues by exploring the representational politics that determine our responses to the...
Gestures of music theatre: the performativity of song and dance - Symonds, Dominic; Taylor, Millie
Gestures of music theatre: the performativity of song and dance focuses on song and dance as performative gestures that not only entertain but also act on audiences and performers. The chapters range across musical theatre, opera, theatre and other artistic practices, from Glee to Gardzienice, Beckett to Disney, Broadway to sound installation. The essays draw together diverse examples of vocality and physicality by exploring their affect rather than through considering them as texts. The book considers performativity in relation to Dramaturgy, Transition, Identity, Context, Practice, Community and Writing. However, dialogue between the chapters also allows other stories to emerge about...
The legacy of opera: reading music theatre as experience and performance - Symonds, Dominic; Karantonis, Pamela
The Legacy of Opera is a collection of essays that considers some of the ways in which opera's influence has informed our understanding of and approach to the musical stage. It perceives opera as part of a broader creative practice, music theatre, and interrogates the experience of contemporary audiences engaging with this practice in performance. In particular, the essays consider the effect of innovative expressive idioms, emerging performative paradigms, new technologies and contemporary ways of thinking, with approaches stemming from the multiple perspectives informed by the ideological, historical, corporeal and artistic. With contributions from international scholars in music theatre, this...
Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice: a manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend - Walker, Alan; Sinfield, Adrian; Walker, Carol
This book celebrates the life and work of Peter Townsend. It builds on the foundations that he laid in various fields and applies his myriad insights to contemporary policy debates. The book reflects Peter's triple contributions to teaching, research and campaigning, which were all, in essence, concerned with combating poverty, inequality and social injustice. It comprises a rallying call to defeat these evils and to create a better, more cohesive society. It is also a reminder of why there is a welfare state and why the case for it must be repeated constantly alongside critiques of its failings and constructive...
Basics of stage combat: single sword - Ashenden, Andrew
The single sword is the most-used weapon on both stage and screen. The techniques used in single sword stage combat are derived from real combative methods used historically, and modified for acting. 'Basics of stage combat: single sword' instructs the reader about the foundations of safe, skillful single sword use in theatre, film, and television. [book cover]
Advances in laser surface treatment of engineering ceramics: viability and characterization techniques - Shukla, Pratik P.; Lawrence, Jonathan
Laser surface treatment of engineering ceramics offers various advantages in comparison with conventional processing techniques and much research has been conducted to develop applications. Even so, there still remains a considerable gap in knowledge that needs to be filled to establish the process. By employing a fibre laser for the first time to process silicon nitride (Si3N4) and zirconia (ZrO2) engineering ceramics, a comparison with the CO2 and a Nd:YAG lasers was conducted to provide fundamental understanding of various aspects of the laser beam-material interaction. Changes in the morphology, microstructure, surface finish, fracture toughness parameter (K1c) were investigated, followed by...
Semantic labeling of places with mobile robots - Martinez Mozos, Oscar
During the last years there has been an increasing interest in the area of service robots. Under this category we find robots working in tasks such as elderly care, guiding, office and domestic assistance, inspection, and many more. Service robots usually work in indoor environments designed for humans, with offices and houses being some of the most typical examples. These environments are typically divided into places with different functionalities like corridors, rooms or doorways. The ability to learn such semantic categories from sensor data enables a mobile robot to extend its representation of the environment, and to improve its capabilities....
Radiotracers in drug development - Lappin, Graham; Temple, Simon
Although there are numerous books on drug metabolism, Radiotracers in Drug Development is unique in explaining how radiotracers are used to elucidate a drug’s absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME). Covering traditional and recent technologies and applications, the book takes a strong industrial approach, discussing the basics of scintillation counting and untangling the various data processing methods often specific to individual manufacturers.
The chapters include descriptions of the latest micro-plate counters and the growing applications of accelerator mass spectrometry, positron emission tomography, gamma-scintigraphy, and radioluminography. In addition to describing how the analytical technologies work, the contributors explain how the data are...
Theatre, opera and consciousness: history and current debates - Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel
The study of consciousness has developed considerably over the past ten years, with an emphasis on seeking to explain subjective experience. Our understanding of key questions relating to the performing arts, in theory and practice, benefits from the insights of consciousness studies. This book discusses selected concerns of theatre history from a consciousness studies perspective, develops a new perspective on ethical implications of theatre practice, reassesses the concept of the guru, and offers a new approach to the actor’s cool-down. The book expands the framework from theatre to opera, and presents a new consideration of the spiritual aspects of singing...
Women and work culture, Britain 1850-1950 - Cowman, Krista; Jackson, Louise
This volume brings together an interdisciplinary collection of essays on the cultural practices and identities associated with women's work in modern Britain. The volume is divided into five thematic sections: the meaning of work, factory labour, youth, medicine and science, and women and war. The essays examine a wide-range of primary sources including literary fiction, popular magazines, social commentaries, oral testimony and autobiographical writing.
Statehood and self-determination: reconciling tradition and modernity in international law - French, Duncan
The concepts of statehood and self-determination provide the normative structure on which the international legal order is ultimately premised. As a system of law founded upon the issue of territorial control, ascertaining and determining which entities are entitled to the privileges of statehood continues to be one of the most difficult and complex matters in international law. Moreover, although the process of decolonization is almost complete, the principle of self-determination has raised new challenges for the metropolitan territories of established states, including the extent to which 'internal' self-determination guarantees additional rights for minority and other groups. As the controversies surrounding...
History comes to life - Roos, Anna Marie
In 1712, the poet Elkanah Settle (1648-1724) published a funeral poem, Threnodia Apollinaris, dedicated to the memory of Dr Martin Lister. Settle had a good deal of material to draw upon, as Lister had been vice-president of the Royal Society, a physician to Queen Anne, and the first arachnologist and conchologist. Marriage and funeral poems were one of Settle's specialties, a lucrative business, as the family of the happy couple or the deceased member would purchase a large number of copies in presentation bindings for distribution among friends. Never averse to cutting corners, Settle later wrote several other poems recycling...