The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0158  Wednesday, 6 April 2010

From:         Judith Buchanan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         March 31, 2010 5:27:13 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0144  Shakespeare on Film Text Books
Comment:      Re: SHK 21.0144  Shakespeare on Film Text Books

For any still collecting titles in area.

I too have enjoyed those books already cited. Not textbooks (e.g. price), but my own top picks of recent publications not yet mentioned but wonderfully plunderable for individual student projects on Shakespeare on film would include Russell Jackson's excellent Shakespeare Films in the Making (2007), Barbara Hodgdon and W.B.Worthen (eds), A Companion to Shakespeare and Performance (2008) and 'Shakespeare, Sound and Screen', Shakespeare Survey v. 61 (2008).

Encouraged by others, I also venture to add to the list of possible candidates for a course book my own student-friendly volume, Shakespeare on Film (Longman-Pearson, 2005). Like Stephen's book, this gives readings of films from the silent era through to recent releases. An introduction discussing issues of transmediation; individual chapters on the silent era, Kurosawa, Branagh, American off-shoots; separate diachronic studies of A Midsummer Night's Dream and of The Tempest on film (considering culturally illuminating changes in interpretive emphasis across a century of adaptation); and a chapter on cinematic self-reference in recent Shakespeare films.

In the (less than immensely likely) event that your students find themselves ambushed by the irresistible urge to pursue further the film industry's many engagements with Shakespeare in the silent era, the newly out Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse (CUP, 2009) is available for selection. Not conceived as an undergraduate textbook though. (And the subject per se raises a quizzical eyebrow in some.)

Enough showing scars in the market place. (Off with the woolvish toge.)

Hope you find what you're looking for, and that summer school goes with a zing.

All best,
Judith Buchanan
University of York

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