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Living with Shakespeare: Essays by Writers, Actors, and Directors

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"In this lively volume, an esteemed (and in many instances, famous) group of actors, directors, authors, academics, and others share insights and experiences about their relationship to Shakespeare's literary and dramatic inheritance. Editor Carson's eclecticism aims to break down the usual disciplinary borders and reduce the intimidating distance that often yawns between Shakespeare experts and general readers. The volume succeeds at this admirably across a compelling range of biographical accounts, actor's insights, and production notes. Minor and major contradictions across essays, rather than dismaying, tend to be thought-provoking. The essays include much justified reverence, but also some healthy questioning, as well as limited forays into cross-cultural dialogues. Contributors overwhelmingly skew to American and British practitioners, with the odd Canadian, Australian, and South African. As the editor's stated goal includes bringing together as many perspectives as possible, the nearly complete lack of non-native English speakers (Isabelle Allende proves the sole exception) is all the more disappointing. It would have been nice, for example, to hear from famed German director Tomas Ostermeier, whose extraordinary 2008 Schaubühne production of Hamlet receives passing mention. That said, the collection is a consistently stimulating read, which goes a great way toward illuminating the degree to which we all live already — and can live even further — with Shakespeare." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Susannah Carson is an American author, editor, and academic. She received her Ph.D. from Yale, after earning graduate degrees at Paris III, La Sorbonne-Nouvelle and Lyon II, L’Université des Lumières. Her first edited volume of literary essays was A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Authors on Why We Read Jane Austen. Her work has appeared in scholarly publications, newspapers, and magazines.

Table of Contents

Contents

 

Foreword: Who Else Is There? by Harold Bloom

Introduction: The Tygers Hart by Susannah Carson

 

Bill Willingham, A Little Monkey Business

Antony Sher, Speaking Shakespeare

Camille Paglia, Teaching Shakespeare to Actors

Ben Kingsley, The Architecture of Shakespeare’s Ideas

Cicely Berry, King Lear in Retrospect

Tobias Menzies, Method and Madness

Rory Kinnear, Character and Conundrum

Matt Sturges, I Know a Hawk from a Handsaw . . .

James Earl Jones, The Sun God

Eamonn Walker, Othello in Love

Barry John, Othello: A Play in Black and White

Jess Winfield, Re-revising Shakespeare

Brian Cox, “I Say it is the Moon”

Richard Scholar, Trial By Theatre, or, Free-Thinking in Julius Caesar

Stanley Cavell, Saying in The Merchant of Venice

F. Murray Abraham, Searching for Shylock

Fiasco Theatre Company, Boldness Be My Friend

Karin Coonrod, Killing Shakespeare and Making My Play

Dominic Dromgoole, Playing Shakespeare at the Globe

Angus Fletcher, Tolstoy and the Shakespearean Gesture

J. D. McClatchy, The Red Scarf

Germaine Greer, Spring Imagery in Warwickshire

James Prosek, What’s in a Name? Or, Unnamed in the Forest

David Farr, The Sea Change

Alan Gordon, Looking for Illyria

Eleanor Brown, Shakespeare’s Siblings

Eve Best, “A Star Danced”

Harriet Walter, Two Loves, or the Eternal Triangle

Jane Smiley, Odd Man Out

Margaret Drabble, The Living Drama

Joyce Carol Oates, The Tragedy of the Imagination in Anthony and Cleopatra

Maxine Hong Kingston, War and Love

Peter David, On the Terrible and Unexpected Fate of the Star-Crossed Lovers

Conor McCreery, Shakespeare and Four-Colour Magic

Julie Taymor, Rough Magic

James Franco, My Own Private River

Isabel Allende, Enamoured with Shakespeare

 

Index of Plays and Characters

Permission Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307742919
Author:
Carson, Susannah (edt)
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Carson, Susannah
Author:
Bloom, Harold
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Original
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 1.09 in 1.06 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this lively volume, an esteemed (and in many instances, famous) group of actors, directors, authors, academics, and others share insights and experiences about their relationship to Shakespeare's literary and dramatic inheritance. Editor Carson's eclecticism aims to break down the usual disciplinary borders and reduce the intimidating distance that often yawns between Shakespeare experts and general readers. The volume succeeds at this admirably across a compelling range of biographical accounts, actor's insights, and production notes. Minor and major contradictions across essays, rather than dismaying, tend to be thought-provoking. The essays include much justified reverence, but also some healthy questioning, as well as limited forays into cross-cultural dialogues. Contributors overwhelmingly skew to American and British practitioners, with the odd Canadian, Australian, and South African. As the editor's stated goal includes bringing together as many perspectives as possible, the nearly complete lack of non-native English speakers (Isabelle Allende proves the sole exception) is all the more disappointing. It would have been nice, for example, to hear from famed German director Tomas Ostermeier, whose extraordinary 2008 Schaubühne production of Hamlet receives passing mention. That said, the collection is a consistently stimulating read, which goes a great way toward illuminating the degree to which we all live already — and can live even further — with Shakespeare." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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