Automata and Mimesis on the Stage of Theatre History
From the publisher's website:
The automaton, known today as the robot, can be seen as a metaphor for the historical period in which it is explored. Chapters include examinations of Iconoclasm's fear that art might surpass nature, the Cartesian mind/body divide, automata as objects of courtly desire, the uncanny Olympia, and the revolutionary Robots in post-WWI drama.
After the introduction, chapters and topics include such topics of interest as,
1. "Iconoclasm and Automata" with subsections on "Iconoclasm and moving statues"; "Court masques, cabinets of curiosity[,] and automata" 2. "Descartes's Mimetic Faculty" 3. "From Aristocrats to Autocrats: The Elite as Automata" 4. "Olympia's Legacy" with subsections of interest on "Olympia in theatrical adaptations of Hoffmann's 'The Sandman'; "Other Olympias: Coppélia and La Poupée 5. "From Automata to Automation: The Birth of the Robot in R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)
RDE, finishing, 30Dec20