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Spectacular Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0311  Monday, 4 February 2002

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Date:           Thursday, 31 Jan 2002 13:56:23 -0500
Subject:        Spectacular Shakespeare

SPECTACULAR SHAKESPEARE
Critical Theory and Popular Cinema
Edited by COURTNEY LEHMANN and LISA S. STARKS

Spectacular Shakespeare includes an introduction, nine essays, and an
afterword that all address the spectacle of Shakespeare in recent
Hollywood films. The essays approach the "Shakespeare-as-star"
phenomenon from various perspectives, some applauding the popularization
of the Bard, others critically questioning the appropriation of
"Shakespeare" in contemporary mass culture. The articles are divided
into three areas of inquiry: (1) Media Imperialism: Appropriating
Culture, Race, and Authority; (2) Reframing Romance: Sex, Love, and
Subjectivity; and (3) The Politics of the Popular: From Class to
Classroom. Along with an introduction that explores the stunning
resurgence of Shakespeare in Hollywood films, an afterword that examines
current "teen flick" adaptations, and two articles on Shakespearean film
and pedagogy, the collection includes articles on Shakespeare in Love,
McKellan's Richard III, Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet,
Nunn's Twelfth Night, A Double Life, as well as Kenneth Branagh's Much
Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Lisa S. Starks is an assistant professor
of English at the University of South Florida St.  Petersburg. Courtney
Lehmann is an assistant professor of English and film studies at
University of the Pacific. See Table of Contents below for titles and
contributors. ISBN 0-8386-3910-0 $48.50 For purchasing info, go to the
FDU website:  http://www.fdu.edu/newspubs/fdupress/newtitles.html.  The
book is also available through www.amazon.com.

SPECTACULAR SHAKESPEARE
Critical Theory and Popular Cinema

Edited by COURTNEY LEHMANN and LISA S. STARKS

                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION: ARE WE IN LOVE WITH SHAKESPEARE? Courtney Lehmann and Lisa
S. Starks

PART I: MEDIA IMPERIALISM: APPROPRIATING CULTURE, RACE, AND AUTHORITY

1. ALL OUR OTHELLOS: BLACK MONSTERS AND WHITE MASKS ON THE AMERICAN
SCREEN
by Marguerite Hailey Rippy

2. 'HOW VERY LIKE THE HOME LIFE OF OUR OWN DEAR QUEEN': IAN McKELLEN'S
RICHARD III  by Lisa Hopkins

3. (UN)DOING THE BOOK 'WITHOUT VERONA WALLS': A VIEW FROM THE RECEIVING
END OF BAZ LUHRMANN'S WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET by Alfredo
Michel Modenessi

PART II: REFRAMING ROMANCE: SEX, LOVE, AND SUBJECTIVITY

1. CUTTING UP CHARACTERS IN TREVOR NUNN'S TWELFTH NIGHT by Laurie
Osborne

2. THE MARRIAGE OF SHAKESPEARE AND HOLLYWOOD: KENNETH BRANAGH'S MUCH ADO
ABOUT NOTHING by Samuel Crowl

3.  SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: ROMANCING THE AUTHOR, MASTERING THE BODY by
Courtney Lehmann

PART III: THE POLITICS OF THE POPULAR: FROM CLASS TO CLASSROOM

1. "ART THOU BASE, COMMON, AND POPULAR?": THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF
KENNETH BRANAGH'S HAMLET  by Douglas Lanier

2. FROM THE CINEMA TO THE CLASSROOM: HOLLYWOOD TEACHES HAMLET by
Elizabeth A. Deitchman

3. THE FILM'S THE THING: SHAKESPEAREAN FILM IN THE CLASSROOM by Annalisa
Castaldo

AFTERWORD: T(E)EN THINGS I HATE ABOUT GIRLENE SHAKESPLOITATION FLICKS IN
THE LATE 1990s, OR, NOT SO FAST TIMES AT SHAKESPEARE HIGH by Richard
Burt

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