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Rings of desire: circus, history and representation

Stoddart, H. (2000) Rings of desire: circus, history and representation. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719052347

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Abstract

The circus has been both one of the most influential forms of international popular entertainment and yet at the same time remains almost entirely absent from academic studies of popular theatrical forms. This book offers readers an introduction to the cultural history of the circus and gives an account of the dominant characteristics of the circus's aesthetic practices and relates these to the sometimes precarious developments, changes and variations in its economic organization, architecture and social status. The book goes on to outline the particular challenges that this essentially live, dangerous and body-centred form presents to literary and film representation and does so through the particular examples of works by Charles Dickens, Federico Fellini and Wim Wenders. This wide-ranging and accessible book offers ways of thinking about the meaning and significance of the circus as a specifically modern form of art and entertainment.

Item Type:Book
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s):Stoddart, Dr Helen
Authors: Stoddart, H.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Manchester University Press
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