The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0004  Thursday, 7 January 2010

From:       Brigitte Shull <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 15:35:45 -0500
Subject:    Book Announcement: "Weyward Macbeth"

Palgrave Macmillan is a global cross-market publisher specializing in 
quality trade non-fiction and cutting-edge academic books.

Palgrave Macmillan is pleased to announce the publication of

Edited by Scott L. Newstok and Ayanna Thompson

Series: Signs of Race, edited by Gary Taylor and Arthur Little, Jr.
Publication Date: January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-230-61633-2
ISBN10: 0-230-61633-X

For more information, please see: http://us.macmillan.com/weywardmacbeth

WEYWARD MACBETH, a volume of entirely new essays, provides innovative, 
interdisciplinary approaches to the various ways Shakespeare's Macbeth 
has been adapted and appropriated within the context of American racial 
constructions. Comprehensive in its scope, this collection addresses the 
enduringly fraught history of Macbeth in the United States, from its 
appearance as the first Shakespearean play documented in the American 
colonies to a proposed Hollywood film version with a black diasporic 
cast. Over two dozen contributions explore Macbeth's haunting presence 
in American drama, poetry, film, music, history, politics, acting, and 
directing -- all through the intersections of race and performance.

CONTENTS: PART I: Beginnings * What is a "Weyward" Macbeth? -- Ayanna 
Thompson * Weird Brothers: What Thomas Middleton's The Witch Can Tell Us 
about Race, Sex, and Gender in Macbeth -- Celia R. Daileader * PART II: 
Early American Intersections * "Blood will have blood": Violence, 
Slavery, and Macbeth in the Antebellum American Imagination -- Heather 
S. Nathans * The Exorcism of Macbeth: Frederick Douglass's Appropriation 
of Shakespeare -- John C. Briggs * Ira Aldridge as Macbeth -- Bernth 
Lindfors * Minstrel Show Macbeth -- Joyce Green MacDonald * Reading 
Macbeth in Texts by and about African Americans, 1903 -- 1944: Race and 
the Problematics of Allusive Identification -- Nick Moschovakis * PART 
III: Federal Theatre Project(s) * Before Welles: A 1935 Boston 
Production -- Lisa N. Simmons * Black Cast Conjures White Genius: 
Unraveling the Mystique of Orson Welles's "Voodoo" Macbeth -- Marguerite 
Rippy * After Welles: Re-do Voodoo Macbeths -- Scott L. Newstok * The 
Vo-Du Macbeth!: Travels and Travails of a Choreo-Drama Inspired by the 
FTP Production -- Lenwood Sloan * PART IV: Further Stages * A Black 
Actor's Guide to the Scottish Play, Or, Why Macbeth Matters -- Harry J. 
Lennix * Asian American Theatre Re-imagined: Shogun Macbeth in New York 
-- Alexander C. Y. Huang * The Tlingit Play: Macbeth and Native 
Americanism -- Anita Maynard-Losh * A Post-Apocalyptic Macbeth: Teatro 
LA TEA's Macbeth 2029 -- Jose A. Esquea * Multi-cultural, Multi-lingual 
Macbeth -- William C. Carroll * PART V: Music * Reflections on Verdi, 
Macbeth, and Non-Traditional Casting in Opera -- Wallace McClain 
Cheatham * Ellington's Dark Lady -- Douglas Lanier * Hip-Hop Macbeths, 
"Digitized Blackness," and the Millennial Minstrel: Illegal Culture 
Sharing in the Virtual Classroom -- Todd Landon Barnes * PART VI: Screen 
* Riddling Whiteness, Riddling Certainty: Roman Polanski's Macbeth -- 
Francesca Royster * Semper Die: Marines Incarnadine in Nina Menkes's The 
Bloody Child: An Interior of Violence -- Courtney Lehmann * Shades of 
Shakespeare: Colorblind Casting and Interracial Couples in Macbeth in 
Manhattan, Grey's Anatomy, and Prison Macbeth -- Amy Scott-Douglass * 
PART VII: Shakespearean (A)Versions * Three Weyward Sisters: 
African-American Female Poets Conjure with Macbeth -- Charita 
Gainey-O'Toole and Elizabeth Alexander * "Black up again": Combating 
Macbeth in Contemporary African-American Plays -- Philip C. Kolin * 
Black Characters in Search of an Author: Black Plays on Black Performers 
of Shakespeare -- Peter Erickson * Epilogue: ObaMacbeth: National 
Transition as National Traumission -- Richard Burt * Appendix: Selected 
Productions of Macbeth Featuring Non-Traditional Casting -- Brent 
Butgereit and Scott L. Newstok

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Alaina Kunin
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