The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare aims to replicate the expansive reach of Shakespeare's global reputation. In pursuit of that vision, this work is transhistorical, international and interdisciplinary. Volume 1, Shakespeare's World, 1500-1660, includes a comprehensive survey of the world in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries lived, while Volume 2, The World's Shakespeare, 1660-Present, examines what the world has made of Shakespeare as a cultural icon over the past four centuries. For each of the work's twenty-eight broad subject areas, ranging from translation to popular culture to performing arts, an overview is followed by a series of shorter essays taking up particular aspects of the subject at hand. Richly illustrated with more than three hundred images between the two volumes, this work brings the world, life and afterlife of Shakespeare to readers, from non-academic Shakespeare fans and students to theater professionals and Shakespeare scholars.
Bruce R. Smith is Dean's Professor of English and Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is the author of six books, including, most recently, Phenomenal Shakespeare (2010) and The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture (2009). A former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, he has served on the editorial boards of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation; PMLA; The Senses and Society; Shakespeare Quarterly; Shakespeare Studies; and Studies in English Literature. With Katherine Rowe, he has co-directed two projects related to The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare under grants from the Digital Humanities Office of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Volume 1. Shakespeare's World, 1500-1660: Part I. Mapping Shakespeare's World Peter Whitfield; Part II. Theater Andrew Gurr; Part III. Language David Crystal; Part IV. Science and Technology Pamela Long; Part V. Printing, Publishing, Textuality John Jowett; Part VI. Visual Arts Alexander Marr; Part VII. Popular Culture Mary Ellen Lamb; Part VIII. High Culture Malcolm Smuts; Part IX. England 1560-1650 James A. Sharpe; Part X. Religion Lori Anne Ferrell; Part XI. Medicine Mary Fissell; Part XII. The Historical William Shakespeare Peter Holland; Part XIII. Shakespeare's Fellows Stanley Wells; Part XIV. Shakespeare's Early Reception (to 1660) Charles Whitney. Volume 2. The World's Shakespeare, 1660-Present: Part XV. International Encounters Ton Hoenselaars; Part XVI. Making the Scene Bruce R. Smith; Part XVII. Shakespeare as a Cultural Icon Jyotsna Singh; Part XVIII. Shakespeare and Popular Culture Doug Lanier; Part XIX. Translation Dirk Delabastita; Part XX. Changing Technologies of Stage Performance Shoichiro Kawai; Part XXI. Audiences Lori Newcomb; Part XXII. Production History Joseph Roach; Part XXIII. Printing and Reception History Andrew Murphy; Part XXIV. Shakespeare and the Book Georgianna Ziegler; Part XXV. Shakespeare and the Critics Lars Engle; Part XXVI. Shakespeare and the Performing Arts Solange Ribeiro de Oliveira; Part XXVII. Shakespeare and the Visual Arts Stuart Sillars; Part XXVIII. Shakespeare and Media History Katherine Rowe.
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