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Playing Shakespeare’s Monarchs and Madmen

by Louis Fantasia (Volume editor)
Monographs VIII, 152 Pages

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Introduction: A Mad World, My Masters! (Louis Fantasia)
  • 1. The Crack-Up: Modernity and the Mind of Richard II (Heather James)
  • 2. Shakespeare’s Henry IV: Youth and Veterans (Chris Anthony)
  • 3. Re-“Claiming from the Female”: Shakespeare’s Henry V (Janna Segal)
  • 4. Once More into the ‘Breeches’: Female Portrayals of Shakespeare’s Monarchs (Terri Power)
  • 5. Measure for Measure (Elaine Turner)
  • 6. Fortune’s Knave: Sex, Politics and Machiavellian Doctrine in Antony & Cleopatra (Michael Peter Bolus)
  • 7. My Poor Fool: A Case for and against Double Casting Cordelia and the Fool in King Lear (Jessie Lee Mills)
  • 8. Through Hamlet’s Eyes (Timothy Harris)
  • 9. A Hamlet Autopsy (Louis Fantasia)
  • List of Contributors
  • Series index

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

About the author

Louis Fantasia, B.A., M.F.A., is the director of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Institute, a joint project of the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and the UCLA/William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. His books include Instant Shakespeare, Tragedy in the Age of Oprah: Essays on Five Great Plays, and Talking Shakespeare.

About the book

Playing Shakespeare’s Monarchs and Madmen is the third volume in the Peter Lang series, Playing Shakespeare’s Characters. As in the previous volumes, a broad range of contributors (actors, directors, scholars, educators, etc.) analyze the concepts of monarchy, leadership, melancholy and madness with not only references to Elizabethan and Jacobean studies, but also to Trump, Brexit, cross-gender and multi-cultural casting. What does it mean to “play the king” in the 21st century? What is the role of an “all-licensed” Fool in the age of spin? Who gets to represent the power dynamics in Shakespeare’s plays? This volume looks at the Henrys, Richards, Hamlets, Lears and various other dukes and monarchs and explores the ways in which men—and women—approach these portrayals of power and the lessons they hold for us today.

This eBook can be cited

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Summary

Playing Shakespeare’s Monarchs and Madmen is the third volume in the Peter Lang series, Playing Shakespeare’s Characters. As in the previous volumes, a broad range of contributors (actors, directors, scholars, educators, etc.) analyze the concepts of monarchy, leadership, melancholy and madness with not only references to Elizabethan and Jacobean studies, but also to Trump, Brexit, cross-gender and multi-cultural casting. What does it mean to “play the king” in the 21st century? What is the role of an “all-licensed” Fool in the age of spin? Who gets to represent the power dynamics in Shakespeare’s plays? This volume looks at the Henrys, Richards, Hamlets, Lears and various other dukes and monarchs and explores the ways in which men—and women—approach these portrayals of power and the lessons they hold for us today.

Details

Pages
VIII, 152
ISBN (PDF)
9781433175237
ISBN (ePUB)
9781433175244
ISBN (MOBI)
9781433175251
ISBN (Book)
9781433175220
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (May)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. VIII, 220 pp., 3 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Louis Fantasia (Volume editor)

Louis Fantasia, B.A., M.F.A., is the director of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Institute, a joint project of the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and the UCLA/William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. His books include Instant Shakespeare, Tragedy in the Age of Oprah: Essays on Five Great Plays, and Talking Shakespeare.

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