Selected contributions to the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress, which took place in July 2011 in Prague, represent the contemporary state of Shakespeare studies in thirty-eight countries worldwide. Apart from readings of Shakespeare's plays and poems, more than forty chapters map Renaissance contexts of his art in politics, theater, law, and material culture and discuss numerous cases of the impact of his works in global culture from the Americas to the Far East, including stage productions, book culture, translations, film and television adaptations, festivals, and national heritage. The last section of the book focuses on the afterlife of Shakespeare in the work of the leading British dramatist Tom Stoppard.
Foreword Jill L. Levenson Part 1 Renaissance Shakespeare: Interpretations, Performance, Contexts Chapter 1: Shakespeare: the Man of European Renaissance Stanley Wells Chapter 2: Talbot, Incorporated Joel Rodgers Chapter 3: Hamlet and the French Wars of Religion Elizabeth Pentland Chapter 4: Ecology, Evolution, and Hamlet Randall Martin Chapter 5: The Anticipatory Premise of History in the Reception of Shakespeare's Sonnets Robert Darcy Chapter 6: The Balance of Power in King Lear's Kingdoms Atsuhiko Hirota Chapter 7: "Here's a strange alteration": Contagion and the Mutable Mind in Coriolanus Darryl Chalk Chapter 8: Making Visible: Afterlives in Shakespeare's Pericles Supriya Chaudhuri Chapter 9: A Legal Assessment of the Circumstantial Evidence in The Winter's Tale Kimberly R. West Chapter 10: Shakespeare's Lost Pastorals Sukanta Chaudhuri Chapter 11: Shakespeare and Festival Margaret Shewring Chapter 12: Using On-screen Modeling to Examine Shakespearean Stage Performance Richard Fotheringham Chapter 13: What Are We Doing When We're `Doing Shakespeare'? The Embodied Brain in Theatrical Experience Ros King Chapter 14: The Queen of Bohemia's Wedding James J. Marino Chapter 15: The Puritan Widow and London Parishes Brian Walsh Chapter 16: Old Repertory, New Theatre: Expectation and Experience in Christopher Beeston's Cockpit Eleanor Collins Chapter 17: "A plague o' these pickle herring": From London Drinkers to European Stage Clown M.A. Katritzky Part 2 Shakespeare Renaissances: Appropriations, Adaptations, Afterlives Chapter 18: Shakespeare's Theatre of Language: Czech Experience Martin Hilsky Chapter 19: Directing Shakespeare: The Cold War Years Ann Jennalie Cook, Vlasta Gallerova, Karel Kriz and Robert Sturua Chapter 20: Shakespeare's Undiplomatic Readers Jean-Christophe Mayer Chapter 21: Shakespeare: The Unmaking of a National Poet Balz Engler Chapter 22: Shakespeare in Habsburg Transylvania Madalina Nicolaescu Chapter 23: Between the East and the West: Tsubouchi Shoyo's Production of Hamlet in 1911 Kaori Kobayashi Chapter 24: "The Chap That Writes Like Synge": Shakespeare at the Abbey Theatre Patrick Lonergan Chapter 25: "Ease and Deliciousness": The Merchant of Venice and the Performance of Ethical Continuity in National Socialist Germany Zeno Ackermann Chapter 26: Shakespeare in Extremis: The Staging of the Classics by Greek Political Exiles (1951-1953) Tina Krontiris Chapter 27: Reasoning the Need: Shakespeare Performance in Reunified Berlin Emily Oliver Chapter 28: Hamlet in Venice: An Anthropology of Italian Theory Shaul Bassi Chapter 29: Robert Lepage among the Huronne-Wendat: An(other) Aboriginal Treatment of La Tempete Barry Freeman Chapter 30: Shakespeare and American Bilingualism: Borderland Productions of Romeo y Julieta Carla Della Gatta Chapter 31: The Brazilian Accent of Othello Cristiane Busato Smith Chapter 32: Tragedy's Honor, and Ours Sharon O'Dair Chapter 33: The Politics of Rape in Nahum Tate's The History of King Lear, 1681 Emma Depledge Chapter 34: (Re)touching: Shakespeare and Cinematic War Narratives Anna Cetera Chapter 35: Happily Never After? Women Filmmakers and the Tragedy of Macbeth Courtney Lehmann Chapter 36: Singing to Shakespeare in Omkara Poonam Trivedi Chapter 37: Renegotiating Female Power: Shakespearean Productions in Taiwan 2000-2010 Bi-qi Beatrice Lei Chapter 38: Stratford Revisited Graham Holderness Chapter 39: Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Stoppard Hanna Scolnicov Chapter 40: The Stoppard Chronicles Jill L. Levenson Chapter 41: Stoppard and Shakespeare Hersh Zeifman Appendix A: Complete List of Papers from the Conference Programme Appendix B: Seminars, with Their Leaders and Registered Participants Notes on Contributors Index