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Loie Fuller and the Serpentine

- November 6, 2019 in choreography, Culture & History, dance, dancing, Drama, Loie Fuller, serpentine

With her "serpentine dance" — a show of swirling silk and rainbow lights — Loie Fuller became one of the most celebrated dancers of the fin de siècle. Rhonda K. Garelick explores Fuller’s unlikely stardom and how her beguiling art played out onstage the era's newly blurred boundaries between human and machine.

Vernon Lee’s Satan the Waster: Pacifism and the Avant-Garde

- March 20, 2019 in anti-war, avant-garde, Drama, Literature, pacifism, satan, vernon lee, war, warfare, world war one

Part essay collection, part play, part macabre ballet, Satan the Waster: A Philosophic War Trilogy (1920) is one of Vernon Lee's most political and experimental works. Amanda Gagel explores this modernist masterpiece which lays siege to the patriotism plaguing Europe and offers a vision for its possible pacifist future.

Robert Greene, the First Bohemian

- January 27, 2016 in Books, Drama, Literature, marlowe, robert greene, roger bacon, shake-scene, shakespeare, university wits

Known for his debauched lifestyle, his flirtations with criminality, and the sheer volume of his literary output, the Elizabethan writer Robert Greene was a fascinating figure. Ed Simon explores the literary merits and bohemian traits of the man who penned the earliest known, and far from flattering, reference to Shakespeare as a playwright.

Machiavelli, Comedian

- August 5, 2015 in comedy, Drama, Lucretius, Machiavelli, Mandragola, mandrake, Philosophy, Plays, sexism, Terence, theatre

Most familiar today as the godfather of Realpolitik and as the eponym for all things cunning and devious, the Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli also had a lighter side, writing as he did a number of comedies. Christopher S. Celenza looks at perhaps the best known of these plays, Mandragola, and explores what it can teach us about the man and his world.