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Shakespeare on Film Book
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.069  Tuesday, 14 January 2003

From:           Douglas M Lanier <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Jan 2003 17:46:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Shakespeare on Film Book

This recently published book may be of interest to many working on
Shakespeare and film.

THE REEL SHAKESPEARE:  Alternative Cinema and Theory
Edited by Lisa S. Starks and Courtney Lehmann

The Reel Shakespeare: Alternative Cinema and Theory models an approach
to Shakespeare and cinema that is concerned with the "other" side of
Shakespeare's Hollywood celebrity, taking the reader on a practical and
theoretical tour through important, non-mainstream films and the
oppositional messages they convey. This volume attempts to "escape from
Hollywood" and the restricted range of meanings it brings to the
phenomenon of Shakespearean adaptation, examining instead the marginal,
radical, and experimental uses to which Shakespeare has been put in
twentieth-century film culture through four areas of inquiry: "Art of
Film: Shakespeare and Early Cinema," "Film of Art: Shakespeare and
Avant-Garde Cinema,"  "Film on the Edge:  Shakespeare and
Counter-Cinema," and "Film in Class: Shakespearean Cinema and Radical
Pedagogy." Along with an introduction that traces the role of
Shakespeare in the history of alternative cinema, two articles on the
use of Shakespearean film in the radical classroom, and a selective
bibliography by Jose Ramon Diaz-Fernandez, the collection includes
essays on early silent adaptations of Hamlet, Greenway's Prospero's
Books, Godard's King Lear, Hall's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taymor's
Titus, Polanski's Macbeth, Welles' Chimes at Midnight, and Van Sant's My
Own Private Idaho.  Contributors include Kenneth S.  Rothwell, Peter S.
Donaldson, Alan Walworth, Lia M. Hotchkiss, Lisa S. Starks, Bryan
Reynolds, Kathy M. Howlett, Douglas Green, and John Brett Mischo. ISBN
0-8386-3939-9 $48.50

Cheers,
Doug Lanier

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