Constructing Shakespeare on Screen
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
Romeo and Juliet
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
Shakespeare in question
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
B: Play-Text Dates