Devouring time : nostalgia in contemporary Shakespearean screen adaptations / Philippa Sheppard.

Sheppard, Philippa, 1966- author.
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2017] , ©2017
xii, 426 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Film adaptations.
Nostalgia in motion pictures.
English drama -- Film adaptations.
Film adaptations -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures and literature.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
English drama.
Film adaptations
Motion pictures and literature.
Nostalgia in motion pictures.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Film adaptations.
"From Kenneth Branagh's ground-breaking Henry V to Justin Kurzel's haunting Macbeth, many modern filmmakers have adapted Shakespeare for the big screen. Their translations of Renaissance plays to modern cinema both highlight and comment on contemporary culture and attitudes to art, identity, and the past. A dynamic analysis of twenty-seven films adapted from Shakespeare's works, Philippa Sheppard's Devouring Time addresses a wide range of topics, including gender, ritual, music, setting, rhetoric, and editing. She argues that the directors' choice to adapt these four-hundred-year old plays is an act of nostalgia, not only for the plays themselves, but also for the period in which they were written, the association of genius that accompanies them, and the medium of theatre. Sheppard contends that millennial anxiety brought on by the social and technological revolutions of the last five decades has generated a yearning for Shakespeare because he is an icon of a literary culture often now deemed threatened. Authoritative and accessible, Devouring Time's investigations of filmmakers' nostalgia for the art of the past shed light on Western and pre-twentieth-century concepts of gender, identity, and colonialism."-- Provided by publisher.
Part one: defining terms. Why Shakespeare films now? ; The drive to realism in Shakespearean adaptation to film
Part two: remembering origins. Shakespeare's prologues on page and screen ; Nostalgia for the stage in Shakespearean films ; Death rituals in Shakespeare, Almereyda, and Luhrmann
Part three: disguise, genre, and play. Gothic aspects of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet ; Art and the grotesque in Julie Taymor's Titus and Peter Grennaway's Prospero books ; Five English screen directors' approaches to cross-dressing in As you like it and Twelfth night ; Propaganda and the other in Branagh's Henry v and Fiennes's Coriolanus
Part four: music and memory. "Sigh no more ladies": Shakespeare, Branagh, and Whedon tackle issues of gender and fidelity in Much ado about nothing ; "O mistress mine": intercutting in Trevor Nunn's Twelfth night ; Nostalgia in Hoffman's William Shakespeare's a midsummer night's dream and Branagh's Love labour's lost ; Ariel's singing body as interpreted by Greenaway and Taymor.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-407) and index.
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
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