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Roman Shakespeare

Intersecting Times, Spaces, Languages


Edited By Daniela Guardamagna

This book addresses the memory of Rome: the dialectic between the glorious historical past of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire and its echoes, representations and interpretations in the works of Shakespeare. The essays explore multiple layers of time and place in relation to Shakespearean plays: throughout the world (from Romania to Japan) and down the centuries, in the arts (paintings, music) and in dramatic performances.

Individual essays (by Michel Dobson, Peter Holland, Richard Wilson and Piero Boitani, among others) address multiple aspects of the complex relationship between two countries (England and Italy) and two moments in time (the Ancient Roman and Early Modern periods). Essays include analyses of less studied works (e.g. Cymbeline), rewritings of Roman narratives (e.g. Titus Andronicus and The Rape of Lucrece), modern enactments of Shakespearean performances around the world, the representation of Shakespearean myths in Renaissance paintings, and the music accompanying the text of Roman plays.

CONTENTS: Daniela Guardamagna: Introduction: From Ancient Rome to Early Modern England and Beyond – Michael Dobson: Nationalisms, National Theatres and the Return of Julius Caesar – Peter Holland: Seeing Shakespeare’s Rome – Marisa Sestito: Caesar Our Contemporary: Shakespeare Revisited in Rome – Richard Wilson: «Broken Coriolanus»: T. S. Eliot’s March on Rome – Tommaso Continisio: The Cultural Shock of Titus Andronicus – Piero Boitani: Peripateia and Recognition of Divineness: Cymbeline – Daniela Guardamagna: Visions of Lucrece: Shakespeare, Middleton and Renaissance Art – Giuliano Pascucci: Music in Shakespeare’s Roman Plays.