Performance and Authenticity in the Arts

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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.

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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; Index.

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