Shakespeare, from Stage to Screen

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 12, 2004 - Literary Criticism
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How is a Shakespearean play transformed when it is directed for the screen? In this 2004 book, Sarah Hatchuel uses literary criticism, narratology, performance history, psychoanalysis and semiotics to analyse how the plays are fundamentally altered in their screen versions. She identifies distinct strategies chosen by film directors to appropriate the plays. Instead of providing just play-by-play or film-by-film analyses, the book addresses the main issues of theatre/film aesthetics, making such theories and concepts accessible before applying them to practical cases. Her book also offers guidelines for the study of sequences in Shakespearean adaptations and includes examples from all the major films from the 1899 King John, through the adaptations by Olivier, Welles and Branagh, to Taymor's 2000 Titus and beyond. This book is aimed at scholars, teachers and students of Shakespeare and film studies, providing a clear and logical apparatus with which to examine Shakespearean screen adaptations.
 

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Contents

a historical and aesthetic approach
1
CHAPTER 2 From theatre showing to cinema telling
33
towards a real world
66
from metatheatre to metacinema?
94
the example of Hamlet
127
CHAPTER 6 Case studies
152
Bibliography
177
Index
186
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Sarah Hatchuel is Lecturer in English at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Teaching Assistant in Film Studies at the University of Paris VII. She is the author of A Companion to the Shakespearean Films of Kenneth Branagh (2000) and has published several articles on the aesthetics of Shakespeare on screen.

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