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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 Levring's The King is Alive. These films reframe the playtexts in terms of a variety of extra-Shakespearean interests, inviting viewers back to them in fresh ways. The book will be of great interest to students taking courses on Shakespeare and film, as well as those in related disciplines.

About the Author:
Thomas Cartelli is Professor ofEnglish and NEH Professor of Humanities at Muhlenberg College

About the Author:
Katherine Rowe is Professor of English at Bryn Mawr

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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 of Humanities, 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
Revival
Recycling
Hamlet Rewound     45
Anachronism
Tradition and "modernity"
Remediation and memory
New media
Underground cinema
Colliding Time and Space in Taymor's Titus     69
Allusion
Interpolation
Citational environments
Conceptual art
Ghosting
Surrogation
New media
Expressionist film
Vernacular Shakespeare     97
Parody, burlesque, and masquerade
Docudrama
Popular culture
Sound
Riffing
Sampling
Channeling Othello     120
Televisuality
Surrogation
Character function and effect
Voice-over
Race and performance
Surviving Shakespeare: Kristian Levring's The King is Alive     142
Documentary and experimental film
Voice-over
Cultural memory
Character function and effect
Subtitles
Substitution and translation
Notes     165
References     175
Resources     190
Index     192
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