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World-Wide Shakespeares : Local Appropriations in Film and Performance - Sonia Massai

World-Wide Shakespeares

Local Appropriations in Film and Performance

By: Sonia Massai (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2006
ISBN: 9780415324557
Number Of Pages: 216

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"World-Wide Shakespeares" brings together an international team of leading scholars in order to explore the appropriation of Shakespeare's plays in film and performance around the world. In particular, the book explores the ways in which adapters and directors have put Shakespeare into dialogue with local traditions and contexts.
The contributors look in turn at "local" Shakespeares for local, national and international audiences, covering a range of English and foreign appropriations that challenge geographical and cultural oppositions between "center" and "periphery," "big-time" and "small-time" Shakespeares. Their specialist knowledges of local cultures and traditions make the range of appropriations newly accessible-and newly fascinating-for world-wide readers. Drawing upon debates around the global/local dimensions of cultural production and on Pierre Bourdieu's notion of the "cultural field," the contributors together demonstrate a significant new approach to intercultural appropriations of Shakespeare.
Responding to a surge of critical interest in the poetics and politics of appropriation, "World-Wide Shakespeares "represents a valuable resource for those interested in the afterlife of Shakespeare in film and performance, within and beyond Anglophone cultural centers.

Industry Reviews

'A very significant contribution to the growing body of critical literature on Shakespeare appropriations within specific theatrical and critical traditions around the globe.' - Jill Levenson, University of Toronto, Canada

'Massai's definition and focus on the importance of "locality" in worldwide Shakespeare appropriations challenges, even as it extends, other recent scholarship tracing Shakespeare's "afterlife".' - Robert Sawyer, East Tennessee State University, USA

'World-Wide Shakespeares is undoubtedly a valuable and timely addition to our understanding of what artists are doing to and with Shakespeare across the globe and how their work signifies both locally and internationally.' - Robert Ormsby, Review of Literature

List of contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Defining local Shakespearesp. 3
Local Shakespeares for local audiences
A Branch of the Blue Nile: Derek Walcott and the tropic of Shakespearep. 15
Political Periclesp. 23
Shylock as crypto-Jew: A new Mexican adaptation of The Merchant of Venicep. 31
Negotiating intercultural spaces: Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet on the Chinese stagep. 40
'It is the bloody business which informs thus ...': Local politics and performative praxis, Macbeth in Indiap. 47
Local Shakespeares for national audiences
Relocating and dislocating Shakespeare in Robert Sturua's Twelfth Night and Alexander Morfov's The Tempestp. 57
'I am not bound to please thee with my answers': The Merchant of Venice on the post-war German stagep. 65
Katherina 'humanized': Abusing the Shrew on the Prague stagep. 72
Shooting the Hero: The cinematic career of Henry V from Laurence Olivier to Philip Purserp. 80
Lamentable tragedy or black comedy?: Friedrich Durrenmatt's adaptation of Titus Andronicusp. 88
Subjection and redemption in Pasolini's Othellop. 95
'Meaning by Shakespeare' south of the borderp. 104
Dreams of Englandp. 112
The cultural logic of 'correcting' The Merchant of Venicep. 122
Local Shakespeares for international audiences
Dancing with art: Robert Lepage's Elsinorep. 133
Hekepia? The Mana of the Maori Merchantp. 141
The Haiku Macbeth: Shakespearean antithetical minimalism in Kurosawa's Kumonosu-jop. 149
Afterwordp. 157
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780415324557
ISBN-10: 0415324556
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st April 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1