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Shakespeare On Stage and Off

December 19, 2019 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780773559257
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Description

Today, debates about the cultural role of the humanities and the arts are roiling. Responding to renewed calls to reassess the prominence of canonical writers, Shakespeare On Stage and Off introduces new perspectives on why and how William Shakespeare still matters. Lively and accessible, the book considers what it means to play, work, and live with Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. Contributors - including Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival - engage with contemporary stagings of the plays, from a Trump-like Julius Caesar in New York City to a black Iago in Stratford-upon-Avon and a female Hamlet on the Toronto stage, and explore the effect of performance practices on understandings of identity, death, love, race, gender, class, and culture. Providing an original approach to thinking about Shakespeare, some essays ask how the knowledge and skills associated with working lives can illuminate the playwright's works. Other essays look at ways of interacting with Shakespeare in the digital age, from Shakespearean resonances in Star Trek and Indian films to live broadcasts of theatre performances, social media, and online instructional tools. Together, the essays in this volume speak to how Shakespeare continues to enrich contemporary culture. A timely guide to the ongoing importance of Shakespearean drama, Shakespeare On Stage and Off surveys recent developments in performance, adaptation, popular culture, and education. Contributors include Russell J. Bodi (Owens State Community College), Christie Carson (Royal Holloway University of London), Brandon Christopher (University of Winnipeg), Antoni Cimolino (Stratford Festival), Jacob Claflin (College of Eastern Idaho), Lauren Eriks Cline (University of Michigan), David B. Goldstein (York University), Gina Hausknecht (Coe College), Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame), R.W. Jones (University of Texas), Christina Luckyj (Dalhousie University), Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine), Linda McJannet (Bentley University), Roderick H. McKeown (University of Toronto), Hayley O'Malley (University of Michigan), Amrita Sen (University of Calcutta), Eric Spencer (The College of Idaho), Lisa S. Starks (University of South Florida St Petersburg), and Jeffrey R. Wilson (Harvard University).

About this Author

Kenneth Graham is professor of English at the University of Waterloo. Alysia Kolentsis is associate professor of English at St Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo.

ISBN: 9780773559257
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 304
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Published: 2019-12-19

Reviews

"In [the book's] best chapters its the "how" that captivates ... . This collection is at its richest when it moves further offstage, As in any real exploration, there are false steps and maybe even dead ends, but the chapters in this volume share an emphasis on the reciprocity of Shakespeare's plays (mostly) and the contexts in which they are realized." Studies in English Literature 1500--1900

"The essays in this collection are brief, allowing an interested reader to taste lightly and savour later. Encountering these essays makes one wish that they had attended the two conferences; having failed that, I hope I have enticed readers of this review to experience their retrospective charms." Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme

"A well-put-together, provocative, adventurous collection." Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter

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