Overview

Over the last one hundred years, many of the events and personalities of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been brought before home, cinema, exhibition, festival and theatrical audiences via a variety of visual media. This collection, for the first time, examines these representations, looking at recent television series, documentaries, feature films, pageantry, theatre and popular culture in a range of cultural and linguistic guises. Filming and Performing Renaissance History opens up wider avenues of...
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Filming and Performing Renaissance History

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Overview

Over the last one hundred years, many of the events and personalities of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been brought before home, cinema, exhibition, festival and theatrical audiences via a variety of visual media. This collection, for the first time, examines these representations, looking at recent television series, documentaries, feature films, pageantry, theatre and popular culture in a range of cultural and linguistic guises. Filming and Performing Renaissance History opens up wider avenues of interpretive opportunity and substitutes a more generous, nuanced acknowledgement of the ways in which the 'Renaissance' is made to signify across disciplines and in relation to a whole series of events and personalities. Accessing the Renaissance in this fashion generates a genuine sense of the modalities of historical representation, of what the Renaissance 'means' and of how its meanings have been negotiated in modernity.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an exciting, ground-breaking collection from a sterling cast of contributors, which launches our re-imaginings of the English and European Renaissance in film, media and popular culture into the twenty-first century."— Robert Shaughnessy, University of Kent, UK
 
"In this interdisciplinary, cutting-edge volume, Burbanett and Streete have selected eleven...striking essays which – in their coverage of topics as diverse as Spanish Shakespeare cinema, hit television shows like The Tudors, and Renaissance role-playing games – emphasize that the living, breathing period we call the Renaissance is anything but history."— Greg Colón Semenza, University of Connecticut, USA 
 
"This unique collection of essays looks at the European Renaissance as it is represented in genres like reality shows, television documentaries and series, movies, stage productions, and pageants ... Marvellously focused and rich in scope."— Ton Hoenselaars, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230312418
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

MARK THORNTON BURNETT Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture: Authority and Obedience, as well as Constructing 'Monsters' in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture and Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace.
 
ADRIAN STREETE Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of Protestantism and Drama in Early Modern England, and the co-editor of ReFiguring Mimesis: Representation in Early Modern Literature and The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Preface; M.Burnett
Documenting the Renaissance; M.Burnett & A.Streete
The Network King: Recreating Henry VIII for a Global Television Audience; R.Wray
Breaking Shakespeare's Image in Late Spanish Drama and Film; J.Tronch Pérez
The Touch of Man on Woman: Dramatizing Identity in The Return of Martin Guerre; J.O'Brien
'Welcome to Babylon': Performing and Screening the English Revolution; J.de Groot
The Cinematic Treatment of Early Modern Witch Trials; J.Sharpe
The Golem, or the Communist 'What You Will'; M.Procházka
Horrible Shakespearean Histories: Performing the Renaissance with and for Children; K.Chedgzoy
Mark Rylance, Henry V and 'Original Practices' at Shakespeare's Globe: History Refashioned; C.Carson
'There is so much to see in Rome': The Cinematic Materialities of Martin Luther's Reformation; C.Smyth
The Pageant of History: Staging the Local Past; M.Dobson
Private Lives and Public Conflicts: The English Renaissance on Film, 1998-2010; A.Higson
Epilogue: Documentary Reflections; M.Burnett & A.Streete
Index
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