Apocalyptic Shakespeare: Essays on Visions of Chaos and Revelation in Recent Film Adaptations

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Melissa Croteau, Carolyn Jess-Cooke
McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
This collection of essays examines the ways in which recent Shakespeare films portray anxieties about an impending global wasteland, technological alienation, spiritual destruction, and the effects of globalization. Films covered include Titus, William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Almereyda’s Hamlet, Revengers Tragedy, Twelfth Night, The Passion of the Christ, Radford’s The Merchant of Venice, The Lion King, and Godard’s King Lear, among others that directly adapt or reference Shakespeare. Essays chart the apocalyptic mise-en-scènes, disorienting imagery, and topsy-turvy plots of these films, using apocalypse as a theoretical and thematic lens.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The great dooms image
29
2 Apocalyptic Paternalism Family Values and the War of the Cinemas or How Shakespeare Became Posthuman
47
3 Libertys Taken or How captive women may be cleansed and used
70
4 PostApocalyptic Spaces in Baz Luhrmanns William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet
90
5 Celluloid Revelations
110
6 The Revengers Tragedy in 2002
132
7 The Plague in Filmed Versions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night
148
8 The Politics of Apocalypse
166
9 Disneys War Efforts
181
10 Four Funerals and a Bedding
197
11 The Promised End of Cinema
216
About the Contributors
229
Index
231
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About the author (2014)

Melissa Croteau is an associate professor of literature and film studies at California Baptist University. Carolyn Jess-Cooke is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Northumbria. She lives in Tyne and Wear, England.

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