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By Diana E. Henderson

ISBN-10: 1405115106

ISBN-13: 9781405115100

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ISBN-13: 9781405115117

This Concise better half offers a multidisciplinary variety of techniques to an enormous multimedia topic, Shakespeare on monitor.

The book’s participants use the most recent pondering from cultural stories, communications, and comparative media, in discussion with literary, theatrical, and filmic techniques, so that it will push the sphere ahead. they give thought to Shakespeare on display not just as a suite of entire items but in addition as a approach. accordingly, the amount is equipped round themes equivalent to authorship and collaboration, theatricality, intercourse and violence, globalization, and historical past.

The Concise spouse bargains readers a number of obtainable routes into Shakespeare on monitor and helps extra research of the topic in the course of the inclusion of a bibliography, a chronological chart, and an intensive index. whilst, it serves as a focus for exploring primary concerns within the research of literature and tradition extra widely, similar to the relationships among elite and pop culture, paintings and undefined, textual content, photograph, and function.

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Taymor wanted to evoke an ancient world of ritual, mausoleums, and orgies alongside elements of modern America. Tanks, horses and carriages, limousines, bows and arrows, machine guns, and electric Olympics-style torches appear in close-up. There is no synthesizing stability in Titus – different peoples, architectures, “texts,” and cultures coexist rather than blend. And whilst Taymor speaks of the enduring, unifying resonance of Shakespeare’s words, those words are continually “upstaged” by savage spectacles: this is in keeping with much twentieth-century criticism which emphasizes the clash between Shakespeare’s figurative, sometimes absurdly ornate language and the horrific, relentless violence of the play.

Sometimes – let us hope often – we may feel sheer irrational pleasure. For the pictures continue to move, in many and mysterious ways. 7 Elsie Walker Chapter 1 AUTHORSHIP Getting Back to Shakespeare: Whose Film is it Anyway? Elsie Walker Near the beginning of Looking for Richard (1996), Al Pacino prepares to deliver the famous first speech from Shakespeare’s Richard III. Sporting an irreverent baseball cap, the actor/director walks onto an ornate, mock-Elizabethan indoor stage. The camera cuts to show where the audience would be and there is only one member, a man whose face and dress resemble the Chandos Shakespeare portrait.

1989: 8) Similarly, in a provocative essay entitled “Nostalgia Tells It Like It Wasn’t,” David Lowenthal argues that “the past as reconstructed is always more coherent than when it happened,” and that it is wrong to assume there exists some “non-nostalgic reading of the past that is, 17 Elsie Walker by contrast, honest; or authentically ‘true’” (1989: 30). Looking for Richard attempts to recover the alleged certainties of the past, evincing a partial “recognition, and at the same time an elision, of the fact that all that is solid, ‘the cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,’ has melted into air” (Chase and Shaw 1989: 8).

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