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Volume 67, Issue 4

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#Bard: “And noble offices thou mayst effect of mediation”

By: Douglas M. Lanier

In his foreword to #Bard, SQ’s special issue on Shakespeare and new media, Guest Editor Douglas M. Lanier reflects on the challenges and potential that new media holds for Shakespeare studies.

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“A whole theatre of others”: Amateur Acting and Immersive Spectatorship in the Digital Shakespeare Game Play the Knave

By: Gina Bloom Sawyer Kemp Nicholas Toothman Evan Buswell

This essay uses the case study of the digital game Play the Knave to unpack the historical and theoretical value of declamatory acting to Shakespeare performance. Analysis of the game as a digital object and observations of people playing it when it has been installed in Shakespeare theaters and arts...

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Essentializing Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Aftermath: Dmitry Krymov’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), Matías Piñeiro’s Viola, and Annie Dorsen’s A Piece of Work: A Machine-Made Hamlet

By: Thomas Cartelli

This essay demonstrates that some of the more venturous reenactments of Shakespeare undertaken in the age of new media may productively range from the most basic, foundational forms of theatrical presentation to nonrepresentational forms of postdramatic, indeed, posthuman expression. These stagings exploit the multiplicity of approaches available in the Shakespeare...

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The Shakespeare Cinemacast: Coriolanus

By: Michael D. Friedman

Josie Rourke’s Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus (2013–14) was broadcast by National Theatre Live (NT Live) to cinematic venues all over the world. Previous considerations of Shakespearean cinemacasts have explored the similarities and differences between watching an NT Live broadcast and viewing a theatrical version of the same production. With...

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Intermediating the Book Beautiful:
Shakespeare at the Doves Press

By: Sujata Iyengar

This essay combines the arguments of present-day neuroscience about “hard-wired” letter-recognition in the brain and theories of “intermediality” or movement among aesthetic methods of sensory communication with the mystical early twentieth-century theories of bookness, reading, and vision propounded by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, cofounder and codirector of the Doves Press, in...

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Ana and Mia: Ophelia on the Web

By: Remedios Perni

This study deals with Shakespeare’s Ophelia on the Internet and the pro-Ana (anorexia) and pro-Mia (bulimia) culture, specifically in online journals published by Ophelias from real life. These are girls who identify with the fictional character, as well as with the artist and model Elizabeth Siddal, when trying to justify...

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Book Reviews

The Media Players: Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News
by Stephen Wittek

Reviewed by: Sheila T. Cavanagh

Shakespeare and Ecocritical Theory by Gabriel Egan;
Shakespeare and Ecology by Randall Martin;
Shakespeare and the Natural World by Tom MacFaul

Reviewed by: Rebecca Totaro

This Distracted Globe: Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature
edited by Marcie Frank, Jonathan Goldberg, and Karen Newman

Reviewed by: James M. Bromley

Practicing the City: Early Modern London on Stage by Nina Levine;
Sensory Experience and the Metropolis on the Jacobean Stage (1603–1625) by Hristomir A. Stanev

Reviewed by: Anita Gilman Sherman

Renaissance Posthumanism edited by Joseph Campana and Scott Maisano;
Shakespeare's Extremes: Wild Man, Monster, Beast by Julián Jiménez Heffernan

Reviewed by: Karen Raber

Shakespeare and the Power of the Face
by James A. Knapp

Reviewed by: Coppélia Kahn

The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare
by Steven Mullaney

Reviewed by: Allison P. Hobgood

Recipes for Thought: Knowledge and Taste in the Early Modern English Kitchen
by Wendy Wall

Reviewed by: Rebecca Laroche

The Reader in the Book: A Study of Spaces and Traces
by Stephen Orgel

Reviewed by: Jean-Christophe Mayer

The Poetics of Piracy: Emulating Spain in English Literature
by Barbara Fuchs

Reviewed by: Clara Calvo

Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity
by Colin Burrow

Reviewed by: Nicholas Moschovakis

Free Will: Art and Power on Shakespeare's Stage
by Richard Wilson

Reviewed by: Amir Khan