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Carnival – Umberto Eco (key points, quotes)

“The idea of carnival has something to do with comic. So, to clarify the definition of carnival it would suffice to provide a clear definition of comic. Unfortunately, we lack such definition. From antiquity to Freud every attempt to define comic seems to be jeopardized by the fact that this is an umbrella term that … Continue reading

Turner: From Ritual to Theatre

Turners (1982) analysis on cultural performance has much relevance to the project, his book: ‘From Ritual to Theatre’ (1982), provides an informative study of the ways in which performances can be perceived. Turner highlights the factors that can contribute to the true expression which often lies under the capitalist culture in which entertainments such as … Continue reading

The Grotesque and its Meaning

The cover of this book is quite old and plain therefore I automatically thought it to be filled with old English, however I found it quite the opposite though it quotes an immense amount of Latin. It actually defines grotesque in an understandable form by viewing the words origins and extends on the meaning over … Continue reading

Ritual to Theatre, Victor Turner

Ritual to Theatre Victor turner Firstly in Victor Turners chapter on Liminal to Liminod he begins explaining comparative symbology describing how it differs from disciplines like semiotics and symbolic anthropology which he explains are the study of such things like signs symbols and semiotics. In introducing signs symbols and semiotic he introduces the first theorist … Continue reading

Decentring Leisure, Rethinking Leisure Theory; Chris Rojek (1995)

Capitalism/Modernity/Postmodernity Associating leisure with freedom, choice and life satisfaction is easy to do, but taking a step back and reflecting on it makes us realise associating these actions is meagre. We can’t tell if we’re satisfied or not whilst we’re experiencing leisure, and our freedom and choice we have are only possible “upon place, time … Continue reading

Mikail Bakhtin and the Grotesque Body

The grotesque refers to the use of bizarre, absurd, irony, laughter and excess, dealing with the dichotomy life and death. This art is characterized by the mixture of parts of humans and animals, the presentation of defecation and vomit, which has to be considered as a whole celebration of the body. For instance, in The … Continue reading

Futurism, Caroline Tisdall & Angelo Bozzolla (1996)

Chapter One – the Means of Futurism A complex concept that has recently been introduced in the lectures is the notion of ‘Futurism’. This is a term that I am definitely not familiar with and I have never come across this term is previous work. However, from what I can gather, Futurism is a fundamental … Continue reading

“Place: a short introduction”, Tim Cresswell (2004)

Chapter One: Defining Place So far the majority of literature that I have read has been directly related to Mikhail Bakhtin, the carnival and the carnivalesque and I now feel that I need to start researching the concept of place with relation to the research project. The lectures have provided a brief overview of place … Continue reading

An interpretation of Mikhail Bakhtin’s ‘Rabelais and his World’

Passages from Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World. According to Mikhail, he states carnival is not a mere holiday or “self serving festival”, he argues it pre exists the power of priests and kings etc. and didn’t derive from a calendar prescribed by the church or state. In the introduction he refers quite a bit to … Continue reading

The Production of Space – Henri Lefebvre

Social space is produced by two separate entities. First one is nature. Nature itself doesn’t actually produce anything, but it creates tools necessary for production. Society uses those tools to make a final product. In case of Venice, nature provided a unique area, a set of small islands. Humans, as social beings, produced their own … Continue reading