Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – February 2018

This February, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Giovanna Summerfield has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Giovanna, a Professor in Italian and French, currently serves as the Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, USA. Continue reading


Rewriting Shakespeare’s Plays For and By the Contemporary Stage

The central concern of Michael Dobson and Estelle Rivier-Arnaud’s book is the re-writings that Shakespeare’s plays inspired, or as Gérard Genette – referred to in the introduction – would have put it, on the various palimpsests that continue to enrich our bookshelves. Indeed, this volume is about literary works – the word ‘rewriting’ gestures toward the literary field – and the editors acknowledge that a comprehensive account of Shakespeare-inspired creations would have been “an anthology in itself” (5). The word ‘rewriting’ is analysed in the introduction and it is presented as including such processes as translation, allusion, rehearsal, repetition and even interpretation. All in all, the introductory demonstration aims to remind the readers that Shakespeare’s plays are the source of inextinguishable and variegated inspiration. It would have been interesting to remind them from the outset – rather than in the conclusion (161) – that some of Shakespeare’s plays are palimpsests too – for example, he used extensively Robert Greene’s Pandosto to write The Winter’s Tale, not to mention Thomas Lodge’s Rosalynde that, in turns, owed much to the anonymous Tale of Gamelyn – and that the Shakespeare-centred process under scrutiny may be regarded as reaching both forward and backward in time.

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Book Announcement: Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett)

Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp624, £80.99 / $137.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Richard Genée’s The Royal Middy (Der Seekadett), edited by Dario Salvi.

In 1876, Richard Genée, the busiest and arguably best Viennese operetta librettist collaborated, this time as a composer, with Camillo Walzel on a new masterpiece; Der Seekadett. The final result was one of the best Viennese operettas of all time. The work was performed across the world for 80 years, before the advent of films and lighter musical theatre made it, and many other works belonging to the same tradition, obsolete. Continue reading

Book Review: A forgotten theatrical treasure

The fame of ‘Die Fledermaus’ is universal. With ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’, ‘The Merry Widow’, and ‘Countess Maritza’, it defines the nature and progress of the operetta genre, representing as it does, the essence of the Golden Age of Viennese Operetta. The melodies of Strauss are famous, but endemic to the success of this work are the brilliant theatrical situations and the skillfully crafted text. These were pre-eminently the work of Richard Genée.

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