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Shakespeare and the Digital World
Redefining Scholarship and Practice


Christie Carson, Peter Kirwan, John Lavagnino, Bruce R. Smith, Farah Karim-Cooper, David McInnis, Erin Sullivan, Sarah Grandage, Julie Sanders, Sheila T. Cavanagh, Kevin A. Quarmby, Sharon O'Dair, Eleanor Collins, Katherine Rowe, Peter Holland, Sylvia Morris, Paul Edmondson, A. J. Leon, Ryan Nelson, Stephen Purcell
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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107660786

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  • Due to the unique cultural capital of his works, Shakespeare has long been the test subject for new methods and digital advances in arts scholarship. Shakespeare sits at the forefront of the digital humanities - in archiving, teaching, performance and editing - impacting on scholars, theatres and professional organisations alike. The pace at which new technologies have developed is unprecedented (and the pressure to keep up is only growing). This book offers seventeen new essays that assess the opportunities and pitfalls presented by the twenty-first century for the ongoing exploration of Shakespeare. Through contributions from a broad range of scholars and practitioners, including case studies from those working in the field, the collection engages with the impact of the digital revolution on Shakespeare studies. By assessing and mediating this sometimes controversial digital technology, the book is relevant to those interested in the digital humanities as well as to Shakespeare scholars and enthusiasts.

    • A collection of works from scholars of Shakespeare and of digital humanities
    • Contributors also include professionals working in archives, the theatre, distance learning, publishing and the media
    • Concrete examples and case studies illustrate the larger theoretical issues, making the book accessible to students as well as specialists
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    '… Shakespeare and the Digital World, though primarily presenting the digital world's positive potential, tackles important questions and provides a critical look at what exactly Shakespearean scholarship can and should be in a digital age.' Universitas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107660786
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Shakespeare and the digital world: an introduction Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan
    Part I. Defining Current Digital Scholarship and Practice: Shakespeare Research in the Digital Age: Introduction Christie Carson
    1. Shakespeare in the digital humanities John Lavagnino
    2. Getting back to the library, getting back to the body Bruce R. Smith
    3. Sensing the past: tablets and early modern scholarship Farah Karim-Cooper
    4. Webs of engagement David McInnis
    Part II. Defining Current Digital Scholarship and Practice: Shakespeare Pedagogy and the Digital Age: Introduction Peter Kirwan
    5. Internal and external Shakespeare: constructing the twenty-first-century classroom Erin Sullivan
    6. Shakespeare at a distance Sarah Grandage and Julie Sanders
    7. 'All great Neptune's ocean': iShakespeare and play in a transatlantic context Sheila T. Cavanagh and Kevin A. Quarmby
    8. 'From the table of my memory': blogging Shakespeare in/out of the classroom Peter Kirwan
    Half-time: a pause for reflection
    9. All's Well that Ends Orwell Sharon O'Dair
    Part III. Redefining the Boundaries and Practices of Shakespeare Studies Online: Publishing and Academic Identity: Introduction Peter Kirwan
    10. Unlocking scholarship in Shakespeare studies: gatekeeping, guardianship, and open-access journal publication Eleanor Collins
    11. Living with digital incunables, or: a 'good-enough' Shakespeare text Katherine Rowe
    12. Shakespeare in virtual communities Peter Holland
    13. Gamekeeper or poacher? Personal blogging/public sharing Sylvia Morris
    Part IV. Redefining the Boundaries and Practices of Shakespeare Studies Online: Communication and Performance: Introduction Christie Carson
    14. Changing a culture with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: championing freedom and democracy Paul Edmondson and A. J. Leon
    15. Developing a digital strategy: engaging audiences at Shakespeare's Globe Ryan Nelson
    16. The impact of new forms of public performance Stephen Purcell
    17. Creating a critical model for the twenty-first century Christie Carson
    Conclusion: digital dreaming Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan.

  • Editors

    Christie Carson, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Christie Carson is Reader in Shakespeare and Performance in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the co-editor of The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM: Text and Performance Archive (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Shakespeare's Globe: A Theatrical Experiment (with Farah Karim-Cooper, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Shakespeare in Stages: New Theatre Histories (with Christine Dymkowski, Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Shakespeare Beyond English: A Global Experiment (with Susan Bennett, Cambridge University Press, 2013).

    Peter Kirwan, University of Nottingham
    Peter Kirwan is Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham. He was an Associate Editor for Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others (2013) and he has published widely on the history of the Shakespeare Apocrypha and contemporary Shakespearean performance. His interest is in the intersection between textual, performance and media cultures.


    Christie Carson, Peter Kirwan, John Lavagnino, Bruce R. Smith, Farah Karim-Cooper, David McInnis, Erin Sullivan, Sarah Grandage, Julie Sanders, Sheila T. Cavanagh, Kevin A. Quarmby, Sharon O'Dair, Eleanor Collins, Katherine Rowe, Peter Holland, Sylvia Morris, Paul Edmondson, A. J. Leon, Ryan Nelson, Stephen Purcell

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