The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0275  Thursday, 28 June 2012


From:        Jean-Christophe MAYER <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         June 28, 2012 4:36:18 AM EDT

Subject:     Cahiers Elisabethains:  40th Anniversary Special Issue


Dear SHAKSPER List Members,


Cahiers Elisabethains is proud to announce the publication of its 40th Anniversary Special Issue: “Nothing if not Critical”: International Perspectives on Shakespearean Theatre Reviewing, guest edited by Paul Prescott, Peter J. Smith and Janice Valls-Russell. 


* Please note also that article submissions are now open for the next issues of the journal. 


Submissions can be send to either of Cahiers’s assistant editors: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>


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Jean-Christophe Mayer and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin

Co-General Editors

Cahiers Elisabethains




Introduction (Paul Prescott, Peter J. Smith, Janice Valls-Russell)


Theatre Reviewing a la mode des Cahiers (Janice Valls-Russell)




Academic Reviewing, Interculturalism and Committed Aesthetics: Syncretic Itineraries of a Reviewer (Nathalie Rivere de Carles)


Objective Reviews? No, Thanks! (Markus Marti)


Valuing Shakespearean Theatre Reviews (Rob Ormsby)


Surveying Survey (Rob Conkie)


“She will a handmaid be to his desires”: Theatre Reviewing in the Service of Education in Rex Gibson’s Shakespeare and Schools (Sarah Olive)


The Disappearing Audience: Reviewing Shakespeare in the UK (Irene Middleton)


When is a Theatre Record not a Theatre Record? (Jeannie Farr)


The Newspaper Review: Constructing an Understanding of Shakespearean Performance in Madrid (1900-1936) (Juan F. Cerda)


What Becomes of a Performance Through (Second-Hand) Quotations of (Second-Hand) Reviews? (Isabelle Schwartz-Gastine)




“So That’s Where That Phrase Comes From” Moments and Taffety Punks: Some Thoughts on the State of Theatre Reviewing in Washington, DC (Sara Thompson)


Reviewing the Reception of Yukio Ninagawa’s Shakespeare Productions (1999-2009) in the British and Japanese Press (Tomonari Kuwayama)


Reviewing Shakespeare in Bulgaria: Past and Present (Alexander Shurbanov & Boika Sokolova)


Shakespearean Performance Reviewing in Brazil (Margarida Gandara Rauen)

Reviewing Tunisian Productions of Shakespeare’s Plays under Bourguiba and Ben Ali (Francis Guinle)


Critical Conditions: Reviewing Shakespeare in South Africa (Colette Gordon)


Australian Newspaper Reviewers of Shakespeare: Writing with the Head or with the Heart? (Penny Gay)


Amateur Reviewing at the Avignon Festival: the “Mirror Group” (Florence March)


Afterword (Peter Holland)


Select Bibliography




From the Introduction:


Theatre reviews of Shakespeare’s plays tend — inevitably — to be overwhelmingly focused on the Anglophone scene. (…) Hence, academic thinking about Shakespeare theatre reviewing has hitherto tended to be dominated by what is happening on the UK stage, and the way it is being written about in the press, academic journals and, more recently, blogs. (…) All of the papers in this special edition of Cahiers Élisabéthains anatomize the critical conditions of the performance and reception of Shakespeare’s plays across decades and across continents. (…) Our aim has been to cast our net wide, to prospect further afield, to explore theatre reviewing of Shakespeare through other perspectives/nationalities/geographies/cultures. That these papers should be published in Cahiers is especially appropriate since it continues the journal’s own unique international tradition of theatre reviewing in its biennial numbers as well as the previous special issue of 2007 which covered the uniquely international range of productions offered by the RSC’s Complete Works Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2006-2007. (…). We are delighted to include essays here which consider the place of Shakespeare reviewing in France, Switzerland, UK, Spain, Australia, Japan, Canada, South Africa, USA, Tunisia, Bulgaria and Brazil.


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