Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-first Century

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Mark Thornton Burnett, Ramona Wray
Edinburgh University Press, 2006 - Performing Arts - 218 pages
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This bold new collection offers an innovative discussion of Shakespeare on screen after the millennium. Cutting-edge, and fully up-to-date, it surveys the rich field of Bardic film representations, from Michael Almereyda’s Hamletto the BBC ‘Shakespea(Re)-Told’ season, from Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Veniceto Peter Babakitis’ Henry V. In addition to offering in-depth analyses of all the major productions, Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Centuryincludes reflections upon the less well-known filmic ‘Shakespeares’, which encompass cinema advertisements, appropriations, post-colonial reinventions and mass media citations, and which move across and between genres and mediums. Arguing that Shakespeare is a magnet for negotiations about style, value and literary authority, the essays contend that screen reinterpretations of England’s most famous dramatist simultaneously address concerns centred upon nationality and ethnicity, gender and romance, and ‘McDonaldisation’ and the political process, thereby constituting an important intervention in the debates of the new century. As a result, through consideration of such offerings as the Derry Film Initiative Hamlet, the New Zealand The Maori Merchant of Veniceand the television documentary In Search of Shakespeare, this collection is able to assess as never before the continuing relevance of Shakespeare in his local and global screen incarnations.Features* Only collection like it on the market, bringing the subject up to date.* Twenty-first century focus and international coverage.* Innovative discussion of a wide range of films and television.* Accessibly written for students and general readers.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Michael Woods In Search of Shakespeare
13
Surveillance and the Filmic Hamlet
31
Stage Beauty Othello and the Makeup of Race
53
The Place of Liverpool in Don Boyds My Kingdom
72
British Television and the Strains of Multiculturalism
90
Stephen Greenblatt Michael Radford and Al Pacino
113
The Maori Merchant of Venice and the Legacy of Colonisation
127
Dehumanised Metafiction and Fragmented Documentary in Peter Babakitis Henry V
146
9 Screening the McShakespeare in PostMillennial Shakespeare Cinema
163
PostFeminism Popular Culture and ShakespeaReTold
185
Notes on Contributors
206
Index
211
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Mark Thornton Burnett is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the Queen's University, Belfast

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