Reinventing His Works for Cinema and Television
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About the Book
In the past two decades, Othello has tried out for the basketball team, Macbeth has taken over a fast food joint and King Lear has moved to an Iowa farm—Shakespeare is everywhere in popular culture. This collection of essays addresses the use of Shakespearean narratives, themes, imagery and characterizations in non-Shakespearian cinema. The essays explore how Shakespeare and his work are manipulated within the popular media and explore topics such as racism, jealousy, misogyny and nationality.
The submissions concentrate on film and television programs that are adaptations of Shakespearean plays, including My Own Private Idaho, CSI-Miami, A Thousand Acres, Prospero’s Books, O, 10 Things I Hate About You, Withnail and I, Get Over It, and The West Wing. Each chapter includes notes and a list of works cited. A full bibliography completes the work; it is divided into bibliographies and filmographies, general studies and essays, derivatives based on a single play, derivatives based on several, and derivatives based on Shakespeare as a character.
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About the Author(s)
Edited by James R. Keller and Leslie Stratyner
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, references, index
Copyright Date: 2004
Table of Contents
1: The Politics of Culture: The Play’s the Thing 7
2: Imitation as Originality in Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho 22
3: Shakespeare Transposed: The British Stage on the Post-Colonial Screen 42
4: Suture, Shakespeare, and Race: Or, What Is Our Cultural Debt to the Bard? 57
5: Cinema in the Round: Self-Reflexivity in Tim Blake Nelson’s O 73
6: Sex, Lies, Videotape-and Othello 86
7: “The Time Is Out of Joint”: Withnail and I and Historical Melancholia 99
8: Horatio: The First CSI 113
9: Teen Scenes: Recognizing Shakespeare in Teen Film 122
10: “An Aweful Rule”: Safe Schools, Hard Canons, and Shakespeare’s Loose Heirs 137
11: Prospero’s Pharmacy: Peter Greenaway and the Critics Play Shakespeare’s Mimetic Game 155
12: Shakespeare Film and Television Derivatives: A Bibliography 169
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“well-documented…well-written…sensitive and insightful…helpful…recommended”—Choice.