Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama: Essays in Honour of Jill Levenson

Edited by Randall Martin and Katherine Scheil

© 2011

The relationship between modern drama and Shakespeare remains intense and fruitful, as Shakespearian themes continue to permeate contemporary plays, films, and other art-forms. Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama is the first book-length international study to examine the critical and theatrical connections among these fields, including the motivations, methods, and limits of adaptation in modern performance media.

Top scholars including Peter Holland, Alexander Leggatt, Brian Parker, and Stanley Wells examine such topics as the relationship between Shakespeare and modern drama in the context of current literary theories and historical accounts of adaptive and appropriative practices. Among the diverse and intriguing examples studied are the authorial self-adaptations of Tom Stoppard and Tennessee Williams, and the generic and political appropriations of Shakespeare's texts in television, musical theatre, and memoir. This illuminating and theoretically astute tribute to Renaissance and modern drama scholar Jill Levenson will stimulate further research on the evolving adaptive and intertextual relationships between influential literary works and periods.

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Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama is the first book-length international study to examine the critical and theatrical connections among these fields, including the motivations, methods, and limits of adaptation in modern performance media.

Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama: Essays in Honour of Jill Levenson

Edited by Randall Martin and Katherine Scheil

© 2011

The relationship between modern drama and Shakespeare remains intense and fruitful, as Shakespearian themes continue to permeate contemporary plays, films, and other art-forms. Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama is the first book-length international study to examine the critical and theatrical connections among these fields, including the motivations, methods, and limits of adaptation in modern performance media.

Top scholars including Peter Holland, Alexander Leggatt, Brian Parker, and Stanley Wells examine such topics as the relationship between Shakespeare and modern drama in the context of current literary theories and historical accounts of adaptive and appropriative practices. Among the diverse and intriguing examples studied are the authorial self-adaptations of Tom Stoppard and Tennessee Williams, and the generic and political appropriations of Shakespeare's texts in television, musical theatre, and memoir. This illuminating and theoretically astute tribute to Renaissance and modern drama scholar Jill Levenson will stimulate further research on the evolving adaptive and intertextual relationships between influential literary works and periods.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 11
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘An extremely worthwhile collection of essays from distinguished group of scholars, showing the varied ways drama can be adapted and appropriated and refashioned into new genres and forms.’


    Dan Venning
    Shakespeare Quarterly vol 65:03:2014
  • Author Information

    Randall Martin is a professor in the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick.



    Katherine Scheil is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Notes on Contributors

    Introduction

    PART I. Shakespeare and Modern Drama

    Chapter 1: Unwinding Coriolanus: Osborne, Grass and Brecht
    Peter Holland

    Chapter 2: Three Men in a Boat: Stoppard, Beckett, and the Ghost of Arnold Geulincx
    Hersh Zeifman

    Chapter 3: West Side Story and the Vestiges of Theatrical Liberalism
    Andrea Most

    Chapter 4: Staging Shakespeare for 'Live' Performance in The Eyre Affair and Stage Beauty
    Margaret Jane Kidnie

    Chapter 5: Macbeth and Modern Politics
    John H. Astington

    Chapter 6: Shakespeare as Memoir
    Katherine Scheil

    Chapter 7: 'Bold, but Seemingly Marketable': The 2007 Stratford Ontario Merchant
    Robert Ormsby

    PART II. Shakespeare

    Chapter 8: 'To gain the language, 'tis needful that the most immodest word be looked
    upon and learnt': Editing the Bawdy in Henry IV, Part Two
    James C. Bulman

    Chapter 9: Extremes of Passion
    Stanley Wells

    Chapter 10: Shakespeare and the Indifference of Nature
    Alexander Leggatt

    Chapter 11: Pauline Cartography, Missionary Nationalism, and The Tempest
    Randall Martin

    Chapter 12: Lear's conversation with the philosopher
    Hanna Scolnicov

    PART III. Modern Drama

    Chapter 13: An Experiment in Teaching: Pygmalion, My Fair Lady and the Pursuit of Happiness
    Alan Ackerman

    Chapter 14: 'The Going To Pieces of T. Lawrence Shannon': Notes On Tennessee Williams' Drafts of The Night of the Iguana (1961)
    Brian Parker

    Chapter 15: 'How do you play this game?': Nonsensical Language Games in Shaw, Coward, and Pinter
    Rebecca S. Cameron

    Afterword: A Tapestry of Thanks: Reflections on the Work of Jill L. Levenson
    Jane Freeman

    Jill L. Levenson's Publications

    Index

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