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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts

Edited by: Alessandro Bertinetto , Marcello Ruta

Print publication date:  July  2021
Online publication date:  July  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367203641
eBook ISBN: 9781003179443
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003179443
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Book description

Over the last few decades, the notion of improvisation has enriched and dynamized research on traditional philosophies of music, theatre, dance, poetry, and even visual art. This Handbook offers readers an authoritative collection of accessible articles on the philosophy of improvisation, synthesizing and explaining various subjects and issues from the growing wave of journal articles and monographs in the field.  Its 48 chapters, written specifically for this volume by an international team of scholars, are accessible for students and researchers alike.?

The volume is organized into four main sections:
I Art and Improvisation: Theoretical Perspectives
II Art and Improvisation: Aesthetical, Ethical, and Political Perspectives
III Improvisation in Musical Practices
IV Improvisation in the Visual, Narrative, Dramatic, and Interactive Arts

Key Features:

  • Treats improvisation not only as a stylistic feature, but also as an aesthetic property of artworks and performances as well as a core element of artistic creativity.
  • Spells out multiple aspects of the concept of improvisation, emphasizing its relevance in understanding the nature of art.
  • Covers improvisation in a wide spectrum of artistic domains, including unexpected ones such as literature, visual arts, games, and cooking.
  • Addresses key questions, such as:
    - How can improvisation be defined and what is its role in different art forms?
    - Can improvisation be perceived as such, and how can it be aesthetically evaluated?
    - What is the relationship between improvisation and notions such as action, composition, expressivity, and authenticity?
    - What is the ethical and political significance of improvisation?

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Improvisation as Normative Practice Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Improvisation as Resonance Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Improvisation as Creative Performance Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Material and Improvisation in the Formative Process Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Ontology of Improvisation and Jazz Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Improvisation and Orientation Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Improvisation and Action Theory Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Improvisation, Actions, and Processes Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Rethinking Realtimeness in Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Appreciating Improvisations as Art Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Transformative Aesthetics Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Improvisation as Spontaneous Creation versus “Making Do” Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Improvisation as Aesthetic Appearance Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Expressivity of Musical Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Jazz Improvisation, Authenticity, and Self-Expression Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Manyness in Music Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Forms of Improvisation and Experimentalism Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Improvisational Phronesis  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Improvisation's Ethical and Epistemological Challenge Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Street Art and the Politics of Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Improvisation and Political Emancipation Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Competing Ontologies of Musical Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Improvisation and Essential Ornamentation in Vocal Music (1600–1900) Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Freedom and Form in Piano Improvisation in the Early 19th Century Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Improvisation and Authenticity in Early 20th Century Western Music Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Improvisation and Composition Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Repeatability versus Unrepeatability in Free Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Risk of Improvised Music Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Empathy in Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Improvisation in Pop-Rock Music Download PDF
Chapter  31:  “Improvisation” in Play Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Improvisation in Arab Musical Practices Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Dance Improvisation as Experimental Inquiry Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The Springs of Action in Butō Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Stage Improvisation in the Commedia dell'Arte Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Performance Art and Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Improv, Stand-Up, and Comedy Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Improvisation, Machines, Cinema Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Improvisation and Poetry Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Improvisation in Painting Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Improvisation in Sculpture Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Improvisation and Artistic Photography Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Improvisation and Installation Art Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Installed Improvisation Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Improvisation in Design Processes Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Urban Improvisations Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Improvisation in Cooking and Tasting Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Creativity and Improvisation in Games Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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