Shakespeare on Film and Television

Laury Magnus

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566105
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Shakespeare on Film and Television

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Just as Shakespeare's dramatic words, written for stage performance in early modern England, have had a formative relation to the English language, so in these times, Shakespeare on screen has both reflected and formed the contemporary consciousness of audiences around the globe. This article examines Shakespeare's influence on film and television, noting that the internet age, privileging images and interconnecting virtual audiences, guarantees the Bard a global ubiquity, whether or not such images are accompanied by his words. Shakespeare's plays owe much of their drive and theatricality to the split between action as representation and as performance, between locus and platea. After presenting different adaptations of Shakespeare's works, the article concludes that Shakespeare on film and television creates analogues with original practices which have opened rather than closed questions in virtually every facet of contemporary critical enquiry.

Keywords: stage performance; film adaptation; Shakespearean films; Bard

Article.  9120 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Shakespeare Studies and Criticism ; Film

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