Rings of Desire: Circus history and representation
by Helen Stoddart
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ISBN Number: 0719052343
Format:
Paperback
Number of Pages:
209
Publication Date:
2000
Publisher:
Manchester University Press

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.

Condition: Very Good. Has very small crease to right hand side of front cover. Click on image above to see close-up of book condition.

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