After watching the recent Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, I was inspired to put together a new episode of What the Theory focussing on Phenomenology. Particularly, I was interested in the way the film engages with the phenomenology of time and how this might help us to understand phenomenological approaches to understanding the world more broadly.
Following on from my video on the basics of semiotics, I was keen to consider how signs come to combine into what, in academia, we refer to as cultural texts. Doing so, however, also necessitated taking a bit of a step backwards in order to explore why we use this word “text” to refer to things that do not fit into more colloquial definitions of that term.
In this, the third episode of my What the Theory? series on my YouTube channel, I take a look at the concept of Cultural Hegemony as developed by the Italian neomarxist Antono Gramsci in his Prison Notebooks.
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(Cultural Hegemony: WTF? | https://youtu.be/-LI_2-qsovo)
I’ve been working on this little series in which I do short introductions to some theories and concepts around theatre studies. As someone who loves the ephemerality of fringe theatre, musicals-with their tightly scored choreography repeated across the globe-have always been interested me. But that doesn’t stop me finding Hamilton, Les Mis or Billy Eliot super catchy. This week, I took a deep dive into megamusicals.
(Megamusicals and McTheatre: WTF? | https://youtu.be/P509IDItTb0)