Live performances streamed to movie theatres across the world. Movies watched on television, computer screen and smartphones - and even, occasionally, on the kinds of screens for which they were intended. Plays reconstructed into text messages or as tweets or in blogs or vlogs. Everything from YOLO Juliet to a Downton Abbey Romeo. We watch Shakespeare in performance on a bewildering variety of screens, large and small, through a range of delivery systems that were unknown even a decade or two ago. What is the significance of how/where we see the plays? What happens as they are transformed before and for our eyes from three dimensions to the many kinds of two? Peter Holland will explore the brave new world of Shakespeare on screens.
Peter Holland, McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies and Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame, is one of the central figures in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism. He served as Director of the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon and Professor in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham before going to Notre Dame in 2002. He is editor of Shakespeare Survey, co-General Editor, with Stanley Wells, of Oxford Shakespeare Topics (20 volumes to date) and, with Adrian Poole, of the 18-volume series Great Shakespeareans (Bloomsbury Academic, 2009-13). His most recent book is English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s, and he has also edited many Shakespeare plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare series and Coriolanus for the Arden Shakespeare 3rd Series. In 2007, he completed publication of a five-volume series of essays, Rethinking British Theatre History. In 2007-08, he served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He was elected an honorary fellow of the Shakespeare Institute and of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. In 2012 he received the Sheedy Award at Notre Dame. In 2015 he was appointed Co-General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare, 4th series.
This lecture is part of programming related to the Newberry exhibition Creating Shakespeare, which will run from September 23 to December 31, 2016, and is cosponsored with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
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