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This quantity takes up the problem embodied in its predecessors, replacement Shakespeares and replacement Shakespeares 2, to spot and discover the hot, the altering and the considerably ‘other’ chances for Shakespeare experiences at our specific old moment.

Alternative Shakespeares three introduces the most powerful and so much cutting edge of the hot instructions rising in Shakespearean scholarship – ranging throughout functionality reviews, multimedia and textual feedback, issues of economics, technological know-how, faith and ethics – in addition to the ‘next step’ paintings in parts comparable to postcolonial and queer stories that proceed to push the bounds of the sphere. The members procedure each one subject with readability and accessibility in brain, permitting scholar readers to interact with critical ‘alternatives’ to validated methods of analyzing Shakespeare’s performs and their roles in modern culture.

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Contributors contain: Kate Chedgzoy, Mary Thomas Crane, Lukas Erne, Diana E. Henderson, Rui Carvalho Homem, Julia Reinhard Lupton, Willy Maley, Patricia Parker, Shankar Raman, Katherine Rowe, Robert Shaughnessy, W. B. Worthen

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As a field, Shakespeare studies still seeks the same separate peace between the spheres of the literary and the audiovisual that Thomas Leitch has argued characterizes adaptation studies generally. Indeed, the very fact that more than a decade of lively Shakespeare-on-screen criticism continues to dismantle that separation—on aesthetic, historical, and theoretical grounds—testifies that in our local arena of screen adaptations, as in the larger field, the structures of a separate peace remain in place and that they do so for institutional reasons.

They are high enough that the division of spheres between scholarship and recreation, intellectual MEDIUM-SPECIFICITY FOR SCREEN SHAKESPEARE 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 81 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 711 labor and fun, custom and errancy evoked by Robert Hamilton Ball should still seem familiar to anyone surveying a Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) program or scanning our leading journals to extrapolate their implied readership. The intellectual cross-pollinations of screen adaptation—like those of global appropriation more generally and also of performance—are pursued in separate seminars and panels, special issues, and dedicated anthologies and journals.

What struck me, watching and listening to Gambon, was the extraordinary range of his performance: constantly switching and shuffling moods, personae and voices, this Falstaff was one moment a crisply spoken theatrical knight, the next a wheedling cockney, a living, vital embodiment of the production’s social and geographical diversity. And in this, just possibly, he was also the embodiment of a kind of oppositional politics. Roaming the scene of a medieval– modern English landscape whose terms of reference were provided by the continuing war in Iraq (Hytner observed that the design reflected the recognition that “the big, unavoidable thing about these plays is that they’re set against the backdrop of a catastrophic civil war” [Merlin 2005: 17]), Gambon was, according to Carla Power of Newsweek (20 June 2005) “a one-man anti-war movement, all tummy and red trousers .

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