Book Announcement: Rewriting Shakespeare’s Plays For and By the Contemporary Stage

Rewriting Shakespeare’s Plays For and By the Contemporary Stage now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443882804
Hardback, pp195, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Rewriting Shakespeare’s Plays For and By the Contemporary Stage, edited by Michael Dobson and Estelle Rivier-Arnaud.

Why have contemporary playwrights been obsessed by Shakespeare’s plays to such an extent that most of the canon has been rewritten by one rising dramatist or another over the last half century? Among other key figures, Edward Bond, Heiner Müller, Carmelo Bene, Arnold Wesker, Tom Stoppard, Howard Barker, Botho Strauss, Tim Crouch, Bernard Marie Koltès, and Normand Chaurette have all put their radical originality into the service of adapting four-century-old classics. The resulting works provide food for thought on issues such as Shakespearean role-playing, narrative and structural re-shuffling. Across the world, new writers have questioned the political implications and cultural stakes of repeating Shakespeare with and without a difference, finding inspiration in their own national experiences and in the different ordeals they have undergone.
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Book Announcement: Explorations in Southern African Drama, Theatre and Performance

Explorations in Southern African Drama, Theatre and Performance now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443898690
Hardback, pp267, £61.99 / £104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Explorations in Southern African Drama, Theatre and Performance by Patrick J. Ebewo.

In spite of the rich repertoire of artistic traditions in Southern Africa, particularly in the areas of drama, theatre and performance, there seems to be a lack of a corresponding robust academic engagement with these subjects. While it can be said that some of the racial groups in the region have received substantial attention in terms of scholarly discussions of their drama and theatre performances, the same cannot be said of the black African racial group. As such, this collection of thirteen chapters represents a compendium of critical and intellectual discourses on black African drama, theatre and performance in Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.
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Book Review: A Tradition All Its Own – Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema by Philip Gillett

Despite appearing in an independent press publication, this study deserves neither to be forgotten nor regarded as ephemeral since it represents a very distinctive and well researched contribution to the area of British Cinema. Although this field has been well documented over the past thirty years, giving the lie to condescending remarks of Satyajit Ray and Francois Truffaut that the British have no real cinema, there are still many examples of films that have fallen through the net, not all of them bad or deservedly forgotten. As Gillett (author of the 2003 study The British Working Class in Postwar Film) states in his opening chapter “The Forgotten Film” shifting tastes determine whether a film is celebrated on initial release as well as governing its secondary existence on DVD and other formats. It is crucial to keep all extant titles available for the following reasons so

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Book Announcement: Politics and Romance in Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies

Politics and Romance in Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443851855
Hardback, pp155, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Politics and Romance in Shakespeare’s Four Great Tragedies by Kenneth Usongo.

This study of the political and romantic impulses of Shakespeare’s tragic characters – including Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, Othello, and Iago, among others – discusses the overblown ambition of these characters as they embrace cunning and evil in order to acquire power and romance. The excessive ambition shown by these characters fuels action in the plays and significantly contributes to their downfall.
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Book Announcement: Heritage and Ruptures in Indian Literature, Culture and Cinema

Heritage and Ruptures in Indian Literature, Culture and Cinema now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443898874
Hardback, pp290, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Heritage and Ruptures in Indian Literature, Culture and Cinema, edited by Cornelius Crowley, Geetha Ganapathy-Doré and Michel Naumann.

This book investigates the millennial history of the Indian subcontinent. Through the various methods adopted, the objects and moments examined, it questions various linguistic, literary and artistic appropriations of the past, to address the conflicting comprehensions of the present and also the figuring/imagining of a possible future. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Thinking Reality and Time through Film

Thinking Reality and Time through Film now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443844185
Hardback, pp315, £57.99 / $98.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Thinking Reality and Time through Film, edited by Christine Reeh and José Manuel Martins.

Over the last few decades, film has increasingly become an issue of philosophical reflection from an ontological and epistemological perspective, and the claim “doing philosophy through film” has raised extensive discussion about its meaning. The mechanical reproduction of reality is one of the most prominent philosophical questions raised by the emergence of film at the end of the nineteenth century, inquiring into the ontological nature of both reality and film. Yet the nature of this audio-photographic and moving reproduction of reality constitutes an ontological puzzle, which has widely been disregarded as a main line of enquiry with direct consequences for philosophy. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema

Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443898904
Hardback, pp245, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema by Philip Gillett.

Some films are remembered long after they are released; others are soon forgotten, but do they deserve oblivion? Are factors other than quality involved? This book exhumes some of the films released in Britain over the last seventy years from Daybreak (1948) to 16 Years of Alcohol (2003), and considers the reasons for their neglect. As well as exploring the contributions of those involved in making the films, the book examines such issues as marketing and the response of critics and audiences. Continue reading