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CIRCUS DIARIES: The Routledge Circus Studies Reader by Edited by Peta Tait and Katie Lavers

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The Circus Studies reader from Routledge is the first of its kind, combining academic essays from a global collection of scholars into one English language volume. The result is a rich and diverse collection of insights and research angles that offers inspiration both to newcomers upon the subject and to worldly circus veterans.

CIRCUS DIARIES: Two recent book reviews

In Books, Circus, Features, Opinion, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

These two volumes approach the subject of circus in full acknowledgement of its mythic status in popular culture. Simon presents her history of the most well reported performers and organizations of the last 250 years through the lens of their influence and impact on other artists’ work, with particular reference to the visual arts and literature. Semiotician Bouissac explores ways in which the viewer can step behind the curtain of pop-cultural expectations and look deeper into the layers of meaning and symbolism at play in any circus production.

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CIRCUS DIARIES: Two recent book reviews

In Books, Circus, Features, Opinion, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

These two volumes approach the subject of circus in full acknowledgement of its mythic status in popular culture. Simon presents her history of the most well reported performers and organizations of the last 250 years through the lens of their influence and impact on other artists’ work, with particular reference to the visual arts and literature. Semiotician Bouissac explores ways in which the viewer can step behind the curtain of pop-cultural expectations and look deeper into the layers of meaning and symbolism at play in any circus production.