In this issue of The Shakespearean International Yearbook, the
special section surveys various means of 'Updating Shakespeare'. The
section treats a variety of attempts and strategies, including by
artists in Japan, China and Brazil, to adapt Shakespeare's works into
local and present circumstances. The guest editor for the section is
Tetsuo Kishi, Professor Emeritus in English at the University of Kyoto,
co-author of Shakespeare in Japan (2006).
The Shakespearean International Yearbook continues to provide an
annual survey of important issues and developments in contemporary
Shakespeare studies. Contributors to this issue come from the US and
the UK, Poland, Japan and Brazil. In addition to the section on
'Updating', essays in this volume treat Shakespeare's poems, his
narrative strategies, his relation to ideas such as tolerance and
representation, and the afterlives of his work in writers such as Gay,
Slowacki and Becket, and in theatrical relics.
Contents: Special Section: Updating
Shakespeare: Introduction, Tetsuo Kishi; Dramaturgy: beyond the
presentism/historicism dichotomy, Ros King; Site-specific Hamlets and
reconfigured localities: Jiang'an, Singapore, Elsinor, Alexander C.Y.
Huang; Family ties over romantic love: appropriations of Romeo and
Juliet in Northeastern Brazil, José Roberto O'Shea; Tadashi Suzuki
directs King Lear – again, Tetsuo Kishi. Poems: Thats amores! Latin
love and lovesickness in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, Lisa S.
Starks; Semper eadem: the paradox of constancie in Shakespeare's
Phoenix and the Turtle, Kristen Olson. Narrative Designs: Tragedy in
retrospect: Hamlet's narrative infrastructure, Raphael Falco; The rape
of Marina, Simon Palfrey. Social Works: Prenuptial rituals and bonding
in Shakespeare and elsewhere, Richard Levin; Tolerance in Shakespeare;
an introduction, B.J. Sokol. After Shakespeare: Idols in Hobbes,
Shakespeare and Gay, Jonathan Lamb; Politics of theatre vs. politics on
(non)state: Shakespeare in the repertoire of Polish 19th-century
theatres, Marta Gibinska; Useful and fancy articles: relics of the
19th-century stage, Elizabeth Williamson; 'What wretches feel': Lear,
Edgar, and Samuel Beckett's Worstward Ho, Andrew Fitzsimons;
About the Editor: Graham Bradshaw is Professor
in the Faculty of Literature at Chuo University, Japan. Tom Bishop is
Professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Tetsuo
Kishi is Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University, Japan.
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