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Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances

Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress

Edited by Martin Procházka; Michael Dobson; Andreas Höfele and Hanna Scolnicov

Selected contributions to the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, which took place in July 2011 in Prague, represent the contemporary state of Shakespeare studies in thirty-eight countries worldwide. Apart from readings of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, more than forty chapters map Renaissance contexts of his art in politics, theater, law, and material culture and discuss numerous cases of the impact of his works in global culture from the Americas to the Far East, including stage productions, book culture, translations, film and television adaptations, festivals, and national heritage. The last section of the book focuses on the afterlife of Shakespeare in the work of the leading British dramatist Tom Stoppard.
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978-1-61149-460-0 • Hardback • December 2013 • $116.00 • (£75.00)
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Michael Dobson is director of the Shakespeare Institute and professor of Shakespeare Studies at Birmingham University. He is also an honorary governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, an executive trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and a founding member of the European Shakespeare Research Association. His publications include Shakespeare and Amateur Performance (2011), Performing Shakespeare’s Tragedies Today (2006), and The Making of the National Poet (1992). He is also co-editor of England’s Elizabeth (2002) and The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2001).

Andreas Höfele is professor of English at the University of Munich. He is the author of Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare’s Theatre (OUP, 2011), winner of the 2012 Roland H. Bainton Prize in Literature. His publications in German include books on Shakespeare’s stagecraft, late 19th-century parody and on Malcolm Lowry as well as six novels. A member of the Bavarian and the Heidelberg Academies of Science, he was president of the German Shakespeare Society from 2002 to 2011.

Martin Procházka is professor of English, American, and comparative literature and head of the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University, Prague. In 2011 he convened the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress in Prague. He is the vice-chair of the International Shakespeare Association, visiting professor at the Universities of Glasgow, Kent and Porto (Portugal), and the corresponding fellow of The English Association. His works include Romantismus a osobnost (Romanticism and Personality, 1996), Transversals (2007), Ruins in the New World (2012), and the co-author of Romantismus a romantismy. He is the founding editor of the international academic journal Litteraria Pragensia.

Hanna Scolnicov is professor emerita of theatre studies and former head of the School of Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Arts at Tel-Aviv University. She is a Life Member of Clare Hall and a member of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Her works include The Experimental Plays of Harold Pinter, Experiments in Stage Satire, and Woman’s Theatrical Space. She is co-editor of The Play Out of Context and Reading Plays. In addition to these works she has also published over sixty essays on Elizabethan theatre, intertextuality, Shakespeare, Stoppard, Pinter and other topics.
Jill L. Levenson

Part 1
Renaissance Shakespeare: Interpretations, Performance, Contexts

Chapter 1: Shakespeare: the Man of European Renaissance
Stanley Wells

Chapter 2: Talbot, Incorporated
Joel Rodgers

Chapter 3: Hamlet and the French Wars of Religion
Elizabeth Pentland

Chapter 4: Ecology, Evolution, and Hamlet
Randall Martin

Chapter 5: The Anticipatory Premise of History in the Reception of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Robert Darcy

Chapter 6: The Balance of Power in King Lear’s Kingdoms
Atsuhiko Hirota

Chapter 7: “Here’s a strange alteration”: Contagion and the Mutable Mind in Coriolanus
Darryl Chalk

Chapter 8: Making Visible: Afterlives in Shakespeare’s Pericles
Supriya Chaudhuri

Chapter 9: A Legal Assessment of the Circumstantial Evidence in The Winter’s Tale
Kimberly R. West

Chapter 10: Shakespeare’s Lost Pastorals
Sukanta Chaudhuri

Chapter 11: Shakespeare and Festival
Margaret Shewring

Chapter 12: Using On-screen Modeling to Examine Shakespearean Stage Performance
Richard Fotheringham

Chapter 13: What Are We Doing When We’re ‘Doing Shakespeare’? The Embodied Brain in Theatrical Experience
Ros King

Chapter 14: The Queen of Bohemia’s Wedding
James J. Marino

Chapter 15: The Puritan Widow and London Parishes
Brian Walsh

Chapter 16: Old Repertory, New Theatre: Expectation and Experience in Christopher Beeston’s Cockpit
Eleanor Collins

Chapter 17: “A plague o’ these pickle herring”: From London Drinkers to European Stage Clown
M.A. Katritzky

Part 2
Shakespeare Renaissances: Appropriations, Adaptations, Afterlives

Chapter 18: Shakespeare’s Theatre of Language: Czech Experience
Martin Hilský

Chapter 19: Directing Shakespeare: The Cold War Years
Ann Jennalie Cook, Vlasta Gallerová, Karel Kríž and Robert Sturua

Chapter 20: Shakespeare’s Undiplomatic Readers
Jean-Christophe Mayer

Chapter 21: Shakespeare: The Unmaking of a National Poet
Balz Engler

Chapter 22: Shakespeare in Habsburg Transylvania
Madalina Nicolaescu

Chapter 23: Between the East and the West: Tsubouchi Shoyo’s Production of Hamlet in 1911
Kaori Kobayashi

Chapter 24: “The Chap That Writes Like Synge”: Shakespeare at the Abbey Theatre
Patrick Lonergan

Chapter 25: “Ease and Deliciousness”: The Merchant of Venice and the Performance of Ethical Continuity in National Socialist Germany
Zeno Ackermann

Chapter 26: Shakespeare in Extremis: The Staging of the Classics by Greek Political Exiles (1951-1953)
Tina Krontiris

Chapter 27: Reasoning the Need: Shakespeare Performance in Reunified Berlin
Emily Oliver

Chapter 28: Hamlet in Venice: An Anthropology of Italian Theory
Shaul Bassi

Chapter 29: Robert Lepage among the Huronne-Wendat: An(other) Aboriginal Treatment of La Tempête
Barry Freeman

Chapter 30: Shakespeare and American Bilingualism: Borderland Productions of Romeo y Julieta
Carla Della Gatta

Chapter 31: The Brazilian Accent of Othello
Cristiane Busato Smith

Chapter 32: Tragedy’s Honor, and Ours
Sharon O’Dair

Chapter 33: The Politics of Rape in Nahum Tate’s The History of King Lear, 1681
Emma Depledge

Chapter 34: (Re)touching: Shakespeare and Cinematic War Narratives
Anna Cetera

Chapter 35: Happily Never After? Women Filmmakers and the Tragedy of Macbeth
Courtney Lehmann

Chapter 36: Singing to Shakespeare in Omkara
Poonam Trivedi

Chapter 37: Renegotiating Female Power: Shakespearean Productions in Taiwan 2000-2010
Bi-qi Beatrice Lei

Chapter 38: Stratford Revisited
Graham Holderness

Chapter 39: Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Stoppard
Hanna Scolnicov

Chapter 40: The Stoppard Chronicles
Jill L. Levenson

Chapter 41: Stoppard and Shakespeare
Hersh Zeifman

Appendix A: Complete List of Papers from the Conference Programme
Appendix B: Seminars, with Their Leaders and Registered Participants
Notes on Contributors