Ghostly fragments : essays on Shakespeare and performance / Barbara C. Hodgdon ; edited by Richard Abel and Peter Holland

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PR3091 .H55 2021


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Hodgdon, Barbara, 1932-2018, author.
Publication Info.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2021.


x, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Ghostly Fragments gathers the essays of the late Barbara C. Hodgdon, a renowned scholar of Shakespeare and performance studies. Her influential publications over 30 years reflected a remarkable intelligence, wit, and originality, as did her lectures and conference papers. The editors have selected essays that represent the wide sweep of Hodgdon's scholarship, including unpublished pieces and those from hard-to-access sources. The essays reveal a thinker and writer who grows more self-reflective over time, with a distinctive, engaging, often wryly humorous voice that is accessible even to nonspecialist readers. Following a general introduction by Peter Holland, the book's five subsections (Teaching Shakespeare, Analyzing Shakespeare Stage Performances, Editing Shakespeare Texts, Analyzing Shakespeare Films, and "Shopping" in the Archives) are introduced in turn by scholars Miriam Gilbert, W.B. Worthen, Margaret Jane Kidnie, Richard Abel, and Pascale Aebischer. Collectively, the pieces confirm the originality and élan of Hodgdon's thinking and writing over time, and reveal her as a natural essayist and stylist, with a distinctive engaging voice. The collection is unique in not only collecting so much of Hodgdon's work in one place (with an extensive bibliography of her published work) but also in demonstrating how groundbreaking and influential that work has been in the field"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Teaching Shakespeare. Introduction / Miriam Gilbert -- Bernie on Hamlet -- Making changes/making sense -- The last Shakespeare picture show or going to the barricades -- Analyzing stage performances. Introduction / W.B. Worthen -- Rehearsal process as critical practice : John Barton's 1978 Love's labour's lost -- Making it new : Katie Mitchell refashions Shakespeare-history -- Re-incarnations -- I sing the body artifactual : prologue, Meditations, and jig -- Un-marking, re-marking, and difference -- Editing Shakespeare texts. Introduction / Margaret Jane Kidnie -- Dream talk -- Who is performing "in" these text(s)? Or, Shrew-ing around -- New collaborations with old plays : the (textual) politics of performance commentary -- Analyzing Shakespeare films. Introduction / Richard Abel -- Kozintsev's King Lear : filming a tragic poem -- Replicating Richard : body doubles, body politics -- William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet : everything's nice in America? -- The Shakespearean phonograph -- "Shopping" in the Shakespeare archives. Introduction / Pascale Aebischer -- Bride-ing the shrew : costumes that matter -- (You)Tube travel : the 9:59 to Dover Beach, stopping at Fair Verona and Elsinore -- Spectral traces in the archive -- Paper worlds : a story of things left behind -- Published writings by Barbara C. Hodgdon.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Dramatic production.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 (OCoLC)fst00029048
Theater (OCoLC)fst01149217
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Author
Abel, Richard, 1941- editor.
Holland, Peter, 1951- editor.
Other Form:
Online version: Hodgdon, Barbara C. Ghostly fragments Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2021 9780472128365 (DLC) 2020032943
9780472132294 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
9780472128365 (ebook)