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Shakespeare on Film

This collection of criticism highlights the extent to which recent discussion of Shakespeare on film has drawn upon the theoretical perspectives of Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis and post- modernism generating a radical reappraisal of a Shakespearean cinema. Ranging widely across the canon of Shakespeare films, from Max Reinhardt's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to Peter Greenaway's "Prospero's Books". The essays address the cultural politics of film adaptation from a variety of angles, offering readings of individual films, including "Hamlet", "Henry V" and "The Tempest", but also raising larger questions about the nature, purpose and future direction of Shakespearean cinema.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- General Editor's Preface.- Introduction; R.Shaughnessy.- Realising Shakespeare on Film; J.J.Jorgens.- Laurence Olivier's Henry V; A.Davies.- Shakespeare and Film: A Question of Perspective; C.Belsey.- Radical Potentiality and Institutional Closure; G.Holderness.- Symbolism in Shakespeare Film; J.Collick.- Olivier, Hamlet and Freud; P.S.Donaldson.- Branagh and the Prince, or a 'royal fellowship of death'; C.Breight.- A Post-National European Cinema: A Consideration of Derek Jarman's The Tempest and Edward II; C.MacCabe.- Katherina Bound; or Play(K)ating the Strictures of Everyday Life; B.Hodgdon.- Drowning the Book: Prospero's Books and the Textual Shakespeare; D.Lanier.- Further Reading.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.

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Robert Shaughnessy previous publications include "Three Socialist Plays" and "Representing Shakespeare: England History and the RSC".

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Robert Shaughnessy previous publications include "Three Socialist Plays" and "Representing Shakespeare: England History and the RSC".

About the Author

ROBERT SHAUGHNESSY is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His previous publications include Three Socialist Plays and Representing Shakespeare: England, History and the RSC.


'Excellent anthology of many hard to find articles.' - Dr Midel J. Koven, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 'One of the strongest aspects of the book is its cohesive structure. Though each essay has been printed elsewhere in separate sources, together they make up a narrative that begins in the realm of 'traditional' criticism and progresses to contemporary theories and issues...this collection documents the status of the discipline at the time of its publication and will likely become one of the important works in the field.' - Jeff W. Marker, Shakespeare Bulletin 'Robert Shaughnessy handles the broad spectrum of critical approaches adroitly, so that the essays actually build on each other and reflect the divided schools of thought.' - Nicholas Waywell, Times Literary Supplement 'An admirable introduction to Shakespeare on film.' - Peter Heaney, Staffordshire University

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