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Constructing Shakespeare on Screen


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Product Code: 978-1-876757-21-2

 edited by Neil Bechervaise

 Constructing Shakespeare on Screen provides a comprehensive treatment of the filmed versions of many of Shakespeare's plays, treating the films as film rather than the staged play on which they were based.

The plays treated are

  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Julius Caesar
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Richard III
  • Henry V
  • Twelfth Night
  • King Lear
  • Othello
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • A Midsummer Nights Dream

Filmed interpretations of the plays are compared with each other in the light of Shakespeare's intention to create popular entertainment, with information about the politics, events and social conditions of the time.

The plays are treated under seven headings:

  • audience and performance
  •  narration
  •  spatial relationships
  •  sequentiality
  •  closure
  •  narration
  •  Shakespeare in question
  •  chronology

Each chapter includes student activities and information on film terminology to suit both teachers experienced in film study and those less so.


Section 1:     Audience and Performance

Chapter 1       Reading Film as Text

Chapter 2       Macbeth

Section 2:     Narration

Chapter 3       Once Upon a Time

Chapter 4       Julius Caesar

Chapter 5       Twelfth Night

Section 3:     Spatial Relationships

Chapter 6       Where and When?

Chapter 7       The Taming of the Shrew

Chapter 8       Othello

Section 4:     Sequentiality

Chapter 9 ... And Then, And Then ...

Chapter 10     Richard III

Chapter 11     King Lear

Section 5:     Closure

Chapter 12     But What Happened in the End?

Chapter 13     Hamlet

Chapter 14     Romeo and Juliet

Section 6:     Shakespeare in Question

Chapter 15     The Canon in Context

Chapter 16     Much Ado About Nothing

Chapter 17     A Midsummer Night's Dream

Chapter 18     Henry V

Section 7:     Chronology, Play-Text Dates, References

A: Chronology

B: Play-Text Dates