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The past fifteen years have witnessed a diverse group of experiments in ‘staging’ Shakespeare on film. New Wave Shakespeare on Screen introduces and applies the new analytic techniques and language that are required to make sense of this new wave.

Drawing on developments in Shakespeare studies, performance studies, and media studies, the book integrates text-based and screen-based approaches in ways that will be accessible to teachers and students, as well as scholars. The study maps a critical vocabulary for interpreting Shakespeare film; addresses script-to-screen questions about authority and performativity; outlines varied approaches to adaptation such as revival, recycling, allusion, and sampling; parses sound as well as visual effects; and explores the cross-pollination between film and other media, from ancient to cutting-edge. New Wave Shakespeare on Screen emphasizes how rich the payoffs can be when Shakespeareans turn their attention to film adaptations as texts: aesthetically complex, historically situated, and as demanding in their own right as the playtexts they renovate.

Works discussed include pop culture films like Billy Morrisette’s Scotland, PA; televised updatings like the ITV Othello; and art-house films such as Julie Taymor’s Titus, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard, Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet, and Kristian Levering’s The King is Alive. These films reframe the playtexts according to a variety of extra-Shakespearean interests, inviting viewers back to them in fresh ways.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Tom Cartelli and Katherine Rowe are outstanding guides to thefascinating (and often daunting) cinematic world of ‘New WaveShakespeare.’ Rich in insight and elegantly argued, this isby far the best book I’ve read about Shakespeare on film."

James Shapiro, Columbia University, author of 1599:A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

"In case anyone thought the tide was ebbing on Shakespeare andfilm, here are Cartelli and Rowe riding the ‘new wave’like pro surfers. As brilliant as film analysts as in theirunderstanding of Shakespeare and his current cultural contexts,they are expert guides to a fascinating range of film adaptationsand to subtle and provocative ways of thinking about the motive toadapt Shakespeare, about the strategies these films use, and aboutthe theoretical models we can use to understand them. I learnedmuch from every chapter – and so will my students as theyengage in my courses with all that this book so clearly andhelpfully encourages them to consider."

Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame

"Though now well established as an important branch ofShakespeare research and instruction, the study of Shakespeare onfilm has to keep moving to keep abreast of technological change,fresh talent and new audiences. By focusing on work that iscontemporary, innovative and experimental, Cartelli and Rowe shiftthe paradigms of Shakespeare on film, and facilitate newinteractions between critical, cultural, textual and mediastudies."

Graham Holderness, University of Hertfordshire, authorof Visual Shakespeare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745633923
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/19/2006
  • Series: Cultural Perception of Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Cartelli is Professor of English and NEH Professor ofHumanities, Muhlenberg College.

Katherine Rowe is Professor of English at Bryn Mawr.

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Table of Contents

Plays and Films Featured in Chapters     vi
List of Illustrations     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: New Wave Shakespeare on and off Screen     1
Beyond Branagh and the BBC     9
Adaptation as a Cultural Process     25
Conceptual and critical resources
Hamlet Rewound     45
Tradition and "modernity"
Remediation and memory
New media
Underground cinema
Colliding Time and Space in Taymor's Titus     69
Citational environments
Conceptual art
New media
Expressionist film
Vernacular Shakespeare     97
Parody, burlesque, and masquerade
Popular culture
Channeling Othello     120
Character function and effect
Race and performance
Surviving Shakespeare: Kristian Levring's The King is Alive     142
Documentary and experimental film
Cultural memory
Character function and effect
Substitution and translation
Notes     165
References     175
Resources     190
Index     192
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