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'Hamlet' and World Cinema

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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107135505

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  • 'Hamlet' and World Cinema reveals a rich history of cinematic production extending across the globe. Making a case for Hamlet as the world's most frequently filmed text, and using specially commissioned interviews with cast, directors and screenwriters, it discusses films from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The book argues that the play has been taken up by filmmakers world-wide to allegorise the energies, instabilities, traumas and expectations that have defined the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In so doing, it rejects the Anglophone focus which has dominated criticism up to now and explores instead the multiple constituencies that have claimed Shakespeare's most celebrated work as their own. 'Hamlet' and World Cinema uncovers a vital part of the adaptation story. This book facilitates a fresh understanding of Shakespeare's cinematic significance and newly highlights Hamlet's political and aesthetic instrumentality in a vast range of local and global contexts.

    • Introduces the canon of international cinematic adaptations of Hamlet and explores the depth and diversity of the world's most filmed text
    • Contextual discussion of the relationship between politics and Shakespearean adaptation aids appreciation of how world cinema refracts and negotiates contemporary conflict
    • Features rare illustrations which allow visual engagement with the argument
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    ''Hamlet' and World Cinema is a remarkable book. In fact, there's nothing quite like it in the literature of Shakespeare on film. Burnett provides detailed cultural readings of thirty Hamlet films, each revealing something rich and strange about the country of origin and the moment of creation. His scholarship is astonishing as his analyses incorporate knowledge of each culture's history, politics, myths, film and stage traditions, language, as well as its appropriation of Shakespeare. He has a profound understanding of the myriad purposes Hamlet serves in these films as aesthetic object, political critique, cultural icon, or colonial intruder. The volume is not just a homage to Shakespeare's enduring impact on world cultures, but to the art of film itself.' Samuel Crowl, Ohio University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107135505
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Hamlet, cinema and the histories of Western Europe
    2. Thematising place: Hamlet, cinema and Africa
    3. Hamlet and the moment of Brazilian cinema
    4. Pairing the cinematic Prince: Hamlet, China and Japan
    5. Hamlet and Indian cinemas: regional paradigms
    6. Gendering borders: Hamlet and the cinemas of Turkey and Iran
    7. Materialising Hamlet in the cinemas of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Author

    Mark Thornton Burnett, Queen's University Belfast
    Mark Thornton Burnett is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen's University Belfast and Director of the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive. He is the author of Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture (1997), Constructing 'Monsters' in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture (2002), Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace (2nd edition, 2012) and Shakespeare and World Cinema (Cambridge, 2012). His co-edited publications include Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siècle (2000), Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (2006) and Filming and Performing Renaissance History (2011).

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