Canadian Shakespeare

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-31
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Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English sets out to make the best critical and scholarly work in the field readily available. The series publishes the work of scholars and critics who have traced the coming-into-prominence of a vibrant theatrical community in English Canada. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Prefacep. iii
Acknowledgementsp. v
Introduction: On Canadian Shakespearep. vii
Notes on Playing Shakespearep. 1
The Aboriginal Presence in Canadian Theatre and the Evolution of Being Canadianp. 4
from "Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan 1985-1990: 'The Stratford of the West' (NOT)"p. 12
from Affirmative Shakespeare at Canada's Stratford Festivalp. 28
Teaching, Performing and Responding to Shakespeare in Multicultural (Postcolonial) Canada and Quebecp. 42
from Liberal Shakespeare and Illiberal Critiques: Necessary Angel's King Learp. 54
The Spectre of Straight Shakespeare: New Ways of Looking at Old Texts in Goodnight, Desdemona and Mad Boy Chroniclep. 69
"Redescribing a World": Towards a Theory of Shakespearean Adaptation in Canadap. 77
Continuity and Contradiction: University Actors Meet the Universal Bardp. 85
from Duets, Duologues, and Black Diasporic Theatre: Djanet Sears, William Shakespeare, and Othersp. 101
from Kate Lynch's All-Woman Dream an interviewp. 117
Encoding/Decoding Shakespeare: Richard III at the 2002 Stratford Festivalp. 128
Desdemona, Juliet and Constance Meet the Third Wavep. 146
The Death of a Chief: An Interview with Yvette Nolanp. 158
from Giving Shakespeare Meaning, Canadian Stylep. 170
from "I Cannot Heave My Heart into My Mouth"p. 178
from Wild Adaptationp. 186
"Hamlet's a Pixie-Boy!": The Carnivalesque Dramaturgy of Michael O'Brien's Mad Boy Chroniclep. 192
Goodfellows: Hockey, Shakespeare and Indigenous Spirits in Tomson Highway's Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasingp. 199
Suggested Further Readingp. 207
Notes on Contributorsp. 211
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"Shakespeare adaptation and adaptation theory is an active and influential area of Canadian Shakespeare studies... Canadian adaptations of the Bard may typically be affectionate; by and large (and is this not obvious?) we seem to really like Shakespeare. As a Canadianist who wandered into Shakespeare Studies via Canlit, I am grateful for what Canadian writers and dramaturges have been doing with Shakespeare... I am equally grateful for those things that Shakespeare has been doing for us. —from the introduction

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