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The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts$
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Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635238

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.001.0001

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Shakespeare on Film, 1990–2010

Shakespeare on Film, 1990–2010

(p.502) 27 Shakespeare on Film, 1990–2010
The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Ramona Wray

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides an overview of Shakespeare in his cinematic incarnations during the period 1990–2010. It also argues that Shakespeare films are distinctive for referencing related trends in cinema history as well as themselves. All three films presented support a transferable model that sees A Midsummer Night's Dream as making available fresh paradigms for self-expression and thereby carve out a place for this play in particular as inculcating importantly assertive energies. The deployment of an underlying concept in Shakespeare film constitutes a response to the cultural associations that surround the Shakespearean word. Midsummer Night's Dream is significant not just as a recasting of Shakespeare's play but also as an exercise in nostalgia. Shakespeare's filmic haunts have diversified, following the travels and travails of global capital, as he continues to operate as treasure-house of meanings and applications open to reinvention.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, films, cinematic incarnations, A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmic haunts

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