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Sh@kespeare in the Media

From the Globe Theatre to the World Wide Web


Edited By Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and Jörg Helbig

This collection of critical essays and interviews gives an overview of the various kinds of medial manifestations which Shakespeare’s work has been transferred into over the centuries: into a theatrical performance, a printed text, a painting, an opera, an audio book, a film, a radio or television drama, a website. On the whole this overview also provides a history of the general development of Shakespearean media. Practitioners as well as scholars focus on the strengths and weaknesses, the possibilities and limitations of each medium with regard to the representation of Shakespeare’s work.


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"I've written the occasional line": An interview with Russell Jack son -115


"I've written the occasional line" An Interview with Russell Jackson Question: Beside your wide-ranging activities as a scholar of English literature you have worked as a text-adviser for several Shakespeare film productions. Henry VIII was given the title defensor fidei by Pope Leo X, "defender of God", and if Shakespeare was still alive you probably would be given the title "defender of Shakespeare" for your work as a text-adviser. Do you agree with that? Russell Jackson: No, not at all. I don't think he needs anyone to defend him. I certainly don't see my role as defending Shakespeare in any way. My job is to take on board what it is that production is doing and then help people with the ways we use the text for that purpose. I've certainly no particular interest in being one, and I don't know what it would be what one would be defending either. Occasionally when you find that people are just ignoring what is offered to them in the language or not seeing it, then one tries to put that right in a way or help them find it. But it is not in the spirit of saying you've got that wrong on a large scale or on a small scale. So, no, I'm definitely not a defender. Question: From what I've read about your work as a text-adviser I got the impression that you are a source of knowledge for the people around during shooting. You said about your tasks that...

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