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Title: Edward Gordon Craig and the periodical as performance : sources, background and editorial strategies in 'The Mask'
Author: Taxidou, Olga
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1990
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Not only edited, but also written almost exclusively by Edward Gordon Craig, and spreading over a period of 21 years (1908-1929), The Mask appears as one of the first journals to be specifically and passionately devoted to the 'Art of the Theatre' (as the concept is understood in the late 19th century in its total and arguably totalitarian dimensions); as such it is worthy of a closely focussed study with regard to its author, his strategies and his ideological background. The journal springs from the tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement, which incorporates other similar ventures of periodicals promoting a particular aesthetic stance. Additionally it slowly moves Craigian thought and sensibility into a Modernist context. The thesis argues that, more than Craig's books, The Mask provides a plausible interpretation of those aspects of his theorising that are problematic and apparently contradictory. It offers valuable evidence of his ideological/theoretical background which enables a fuller reading of his work as a whole. His Orientalism, his fascination with puppets, with the Commedia dell'Arte and with masks are all explicit in the periodicals.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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