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Shakespeare's World/World Shakespeares The Selected Proceedings of the International Shakespeare Association World Congress, Brisbane, 2006
978-1-61149-326-9 • Hardback
July 2008 • $95.00 • (£59.95)
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Pages: 436
Size: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
Edited by Richard Fotheringham; Christa Jansohn and R. S. White
Series: The World Shakespeare Congress Proceedings
Literary Criticism | Reference
University Press Copublishing Division | University of Delaware
This collection offers twenty-nine essays by many of the world's major scholars of the extraordinary diversity and richness of Shakespeare studies today. It ranges from examinations of the society William Shakespeare himself lived in, to recent films, plays, novels, and operatic adaptations for adults and children in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. It opens with a Prologue by the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, describing how reading the Collected Works of Shakespeare inspired and helped him survive six years as a political prisoner, while the Epilogue is delivered by the major novelist David Malouf, who speculates on the genius of Shakespeare, the world's author.
Richard Fotheringham is professor of theatre studies at the University of Queensland.
Christa Jansohn is chair of British studies and director of the Centre for British Studies, Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany.
R. S. White is an Australian professorial fellow and professor of English and cultural studies at the University of Western Australia.
This rich collection of 27 papers is book-ended by a prologue and epilogue which demonstrate the depth and diversity of work on Shakespeare presented at the International Shakespeare Association Conference in Brisbane in 2006. . . . It is impossible to comment here on all the papers, but they truly reflect the internationalization of Shakespeare. . . . This collection represents a good deal of hard work, organization and selflessness on the parts of the editors and organizers and stands as a lasting record of the event, as well as being a significant collection of essays in its own right.
Macquarie University