Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century
Editor: Gabrielle Malcolm and Kelli Marshall
Date Of Publication: Jun 2012
The first decade of the new century has certainly been a busy one for diversity in Shakespearean performance and interpretation, yielding, for example, global, virtual, digital, interactive, televisual, and cinematic Shakespeares. In Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century, Gabrielle Malcolm and Kelli Marshall assess this active world of Shakespeare adaptation and commercialization as they consider both novel and traditional forms: from experimental presentations (in-person and online) and literal rewritings of the plays/playwright to televised and filmic Shakespeares.
More specifically, contributors in Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century examine the BBC’s ShakespeaRE-Told series, Canada’s television program Slings and Arrows, the Mumbai-based film Maqbool, and graphic novels in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, as well as the future of adaptation, performance, digitization, and translation via such projects as National Theatre Live, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Archive of Digital Performance, and the British Library’s online presentation of the complete Folios. Other authors consider the place of Shakespeare in the classroom, in the Kenneth Branagh canon, in Jewish revenge films (Quentin Tarantino’s included), in comic books, in Young Adult literature, and in episodes of the BBC’s popular sci-fi television program Doctor Who. Ultimately, this collection sheds light, at least partially, on where critics think Shakespeare is now and where he and his works might be going in the near future and long-term. One conclusion is certain: however far we progress into the new century, Shakespeare will be there.
Gabrielle Malcolm earned a PhD in English Literature and Theatre from the University of Kent, UK. She has taught literature and performance in universities and colleges throughout the UK and as a Visiting Professor at the University of South Dakota, USA. She is currently working as a freelance artist, writer and critic, and is a Visiting Research Fellow in English at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK. Her publications include writings on nineteenth-century theatre and the novel, visual art, and performance practice (in The Dickensian and Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film). Her work has been exhibited at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, and she is an Associate Books Editor with PopMatters, an online journal of popular culture. She lives near Bath, England, her spiritual home.
Kelli Marshall is a Lecturer of Media and Cinema Studies at DePaul University, USA. Her current research interests span two rather disparate fields: Shakespeare in film and popular culture, and the film musical, specifically the star image and work of Hollywood song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. Kelli’s scholarly work may be found in traditional print journals like Literature/Film Quarterly and the Journal of Popular Film and Television as well as in open-access publications like Flow TV, In Media Res, and Bright Lights Film Journal.
''For all readers [...] who are at least as interested in what Shakespeare is becoming as opposed to what it has been, this makes for thought-provoking and illuminating reading'' James Williams, 'PopMatters', January 2013
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