Performing Arts

Performing Arts

episodes

Interviews with performing artists and scholars of the performing arts about their new books.

Emily Wilbourne, "Voice, Slavery, and Race in Seventeenth-Century Florence" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 16, 2024

Voice, Slavery, and Race in Seventeenth-Century Florence

Emily Wilbourne
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Grounded in new archival research documenting a significant presence of foreign and racially-marked individuals in Medici Florence, Voice, Slavery, an…

Melissa E. Anderson, "Inland Empire" (Fireflies Press, 2021)

July 16, 2024

Inland Empire

Melissa E. Anderson
Hosted by Tyler Thier

"A woman in trouble" In her monograph Inland Empire (Fireflies Press, 2021), film critic Melissa Anderson explores meaning (or the impossibility ther…

Helen Freear-Papio and Candyce Crew Leonard, "The Theatre of Twenty-First Century Spain" (Vernon Press, 2022)

July 16, 2024

The Theatre of Twenty-First Century Spain

Helen Freear-Papio and Candyce Crew Leonard
Hosted by Dessy Vassileva

The interview featured an in-depth dialogue about The Theatre of Twenty-First Century Spain (Vernon Press, 2022), a bilingual collection that examines…

Emily J. Lordi, "The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience Since the 1960s" (Duke UP, 2020)

July 15, 2024

The Meaning of Soul

Emily J. Lordi
Hosted by Kristen Turner

Soul is one of those concepts that is often evoked, but rarely satisfactorily defined. In The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience Since the 19…

Pamela Hutchinson, "The Red Shoes" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

July 14, 2024

The Red Shoes

Pamela Hutchinson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Endlessly fascinating, dark and bright, The Red Shoes (1948) employs every branch of the cinematic arts to sweep the audience off its feet, invigorate…

AI and Music: The Future is Here (featuring "There I Ruined It")

July 13, 2024

AI and Music

Mitchell Green, Aaron Dial, and Dustin Ballard
Hosted by UConn PopCast

It’s the UConn Popcast, and recently UConn’s Center for the Study of Popular Music hosted a panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence and the Future…

Heidi Honeycutt, "I Spit on Your Celluloid: The History of Women Directing Horror Movies" (Headpress, 2024)

July 12, 2024

I Spit on Your Celluloid

Heidi Honeycutt
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

I Spit On Your Celluloid: The History of Women Directing Horror Movies (Headpress, 2024) by Heidi Honeycutt is the first book-length history of female…

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, "Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism" (Lexington, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Dance Music Spaces

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo
Hosted by Michael Johnston

In Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism (Lexington Books, 2022), Danielle Antoinette Hida…

Paul Rekret, "Take This Hammer: Work, Song, Crisis" (Goldsmiths Press, 2024)

July 10, 2024

Take This Hammer

Paul Rekret
Hosted by Gummo Clare

The emergence of the popular music industry in the early twentieth century not only drove a wedge between music production and consumption, it also un…

Ed Simon, "Devil's Contract: A History of the Faustian Bargain" (Melville House, 2024)

July 9, 2024

Devil's Contract

Ed Simon
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

From ancient times to the modern world, the idea of the Faustian bargain—the exchange of one’s soul in return for untold riches and power—has exerted …

Breathing Together

July 8, 2024

Breathing Together

Caroline Bergvall
Hosted by Mack Hagood

Working across and among languages, media, and art forms, Caroline Bergvall’s writing takes form as published poetic works and performance, frequently…

Jake Johnson, "The Possibility Machine: Music and Myth in Las Vegas" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

July 7, 2024

The Possibility Machine

Jake Johnson, Brian F. Wright, and Joanna Dee Dass
Hosted by Kristen Turner

Las Vegas is a place the American dream made; a city built in the middle of desert visited by millions of people every year hoping to make their dream…

Swapnil Rai, "Networked Bollywood: How Star Power Globalized Hindi Cinema" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 29, 2024

Networked Bollywood

Swapnil Rai
Hosted by Priyam Sinha

Swapnil Rai’s book Networked Bollywood: How Star Power Globalized Hindi Cinema (Cambridge UP, 2024) brilliantly navigates the intricate landscapes of …

Barbara Klinger, "Immortal Films: 'Casablanca' and the Afterlife of a Hollywood Classic" (U California Press, 2022)

June 27, 2024

Immortal Films

Barbara Klinger
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Casablanca is one of the most celebrated Hollywood films of all time, its iconic romance enshrined in collective memory across generations. Drawing fr…

Ann Powers, "Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell" (Dey Street Books, 2024)

June 24, 2024

Traveling

Ann Powers
Hosted by Bradley Morgan

For decades, Joni Mitchell's life and music have enraptured listeners. One of the most celebrated artists of her generation, Mitchell has inspired cou…

Christopher T. Conner and David R. Dickens, "Electronic Dance Music: From Deviant Subculture to Culture Industry" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)

June 23, 2024

Electronic Dance Music

Christopher T. Conner and David R. Dickens
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Electronic Dance Music: From Deviant Subculture to Culture Industry (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023) explores the subculture’s emergence as a deviant subc…

Hank Willenbrink, "Performing for the Don: Theatres of Faith in the Age of Trump" (Routledge, 2024)

June 23, 2024

Performing for the Don

Hank Willenbrink
Hosted by Rob Heaton

From his overwhelming embrace by evangelicals and other people of faith to his championing of policies and conservative judicial candidates long sough…

Jennifer S. Clark, "Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women's Liberation" (U California Press, 2024)

June 21, 2024

Producing Feminism

Jennifer S. Clark
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How have women resisted sexism in TV? In Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women’s Liberation (U California Press, 2024), Jennifer S. …

Harry R. McCarthy, "Boy Actors in Early Modern England" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 17, 2024

Boy Actors in Early Modern England

Harry R. McCarthy
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Boy Actors in Early Modern England: Skill and Stagecraft in the Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2022) by Dr. Harry McCarthy provides a new approa…

Jared Stearns, "Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers" (Headpress, 2024)

June 14, 2024

Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers

Jared Stearns
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

In Pure: The Sexual Revolutions of Marilyn Chambers (Headpress, 2024), Jared Stearns tells the untold story of the world's most famous X-rated star, w…