OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation
For Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation, the global digital media environment is a “brave new world” of opportunity and revolution. In OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation, noted scholars of Shakespeare and new media consider the ways in which various media affect how we understand Shakespeare and his works.
Daniel Fischlin and his collaborators explore a wide selection of adaptations that occupy the space between and across traditional genres – what artist Dick Higgins calls “intermedia” – ranging from adaptations that use social networking, cloud computing, and mobile devices to the many handicrafts branded and sold in connection with the Bard.
With essays on YouTube and iTunes, as well as radio, television, and film, OuterSpeares is the first book to examine the full spectrum of past and present adaptations, and one that offers a unique perspective on the transcultural and transdisciplinary aspects of Shakespeare in the contemporary world.
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- Page Count: 416 pages
- Illustrations: 14
- Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.1in
‘OuterSpears enriches the remarkable tradition of Shakespeare scholarship in Canada…. The book is highly interdisciplinary in character, making it an important contribution to the study of Shakespeare, adaptation, media, and contemporary culture.’
English Studies in Canada vol 41:03:2015
“Given the new technologies available (and coming), concepts of presence, virtuality, liveness, and even performance need to be considered anew when thinking about what constitutes an adaptation of a Shakespearean play. OuterSpeares goes a long way to filling this need, addressing it ably through its theoretical excursions and its wide range of case studies.”
Linda Hutcheon, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto
“There are countless collections on Shakespeare’s appropriations in and by many media, but none with this intermedial approach and theoretical framework. OuterSpeares is a book well worth reading.”
Adam Hansen, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Northumbria University
Author InformationDaniel Fischlin is a University Research Chair in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
Table of contents
Introduction: OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation (Daniel Fischlin)
Section 1: “Strange Invention”: Shakespeare in the New Media
YouTube Shakespeare and the Rhetorics of Invention (Christy Desmet)
“Is there an app for that?”: Mobile Shakespeare on the Phone and in the Cloud (Jennifer Ailles)
Section 2: “These violent delights have violent ends”: Shakespearean Adaptation and Film Intermedia
Melted into Media: Understanding Julie Taymor’s Film Adaptation of The Tempest in the Wake of 9/11 and the War on Terror (Don Moore)
Transgression and Transformation: Mickey B and the Dramaturgy of Adaptation - An Interview with Tom Magill (Daniel Fischlin, Tom Magill, and Jessica Riley)
Section 3: “All the Uses of this World”: TV, Radio, Popular Music, Theatre and the Uses of Intermedia
Slings & Arrows: Pedagogical Theory and Practice in an Intermediated Shakespeare (Kim Fedderson and Michael Richardson)
Your Master’s Voice: The Shakespearean Narrator as Intermedial Authority on 1930s American Radio (Andrew Bretz)
Sounding Shakespeare: Intermedia Adaptation and Popular Music (Daniel Fischlin)
“Playing the Race Bard”: How Shakespeare and Harlem Duet Sold (at) the 2006 Stratford Festival (James McKinnon)
Section 4: “Give No Limits to My Tongue ... I am Privileged to Speak”: The Limits of Adaptation?
Patchwork Shakespeare: Community Events at the American Shakespeare Tercentenary (1916) (Monika Smialkowska)
Upcycling Shakespeare: Crafting Cultural Capital (Sujata Iyengar)
Beyond Adaptation (Mark Fortier)
Subjects and Courses