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Talking Shakespeare

Notes from a Journey


Louis Fantasia

Talking Shakespeare is a collection of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and politics and their impact in the world today. Originally given as provocative talks on Shakespeare at some of the most prestigious universities, conferences, and theatres around the world, they reflect on the author’s more than thirty-year career as a producer, director and educator. The essays provide a unique and personal look into multiple aspects of Shakespeare’s world—and ours.


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Acknowledgements ix Introduction: “To be new made when thou art old:” Shakespeare, Sam Wanamaker, and Me 1 Chapter 1. “O Brave New Will!”—Images of Justice and Intolerance in Shakespeare 11 Chapter 2. “Can Curses Pierce the Clouds?”—Shakespeare and the New Millennium 25 Chapter 3. What Happens in Arden Stays in Arden 37 Chapter 4. Notes on Plays— With Apologies to Harley Granville- Barker 41 Chapter 5. “Here’s fine Revolution, if we had the trick to see’t:” Teaching Shakespeare Today 57 Chapter 6. Shak- spear, Stratford, and Star Trek 65 Chapter 7. King Lear, or Tragedy in the Age of Oprah 69 Chapter 8. Men in Sheets: Julius Caesar and Coriolanus 81 Chapter 9. A Hamlet Autopsy 95 Chapter 10. Optional Authenticity and Shakespeare’s Globe (2002–2009) 111 Epilogue: Variations on a Theme of Identity 123

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