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Queering the Shakespeare film: gender trouble, gay spectatorship and male homoeroticism

Queering the Shakespeare film: gender trouble, gay spectatorship and male homoeroticism

Patricia, Anthony Guy, author

A range of mainstream and independent English language film productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Twelfth Night, and The Merchant of Venice take centre stage in Queering the Shakespeare Film. This study critiques the various representations of the queer - broadly understood as that which is at odds with what has been deemed to be the normal, the legitimate, and the dominant, particularly - but not exclusively - as regards sexual matters, in the Shakespeare film. The movies chosen for analysis correspond deliberately with those Shakespeare plays that, as written texts, have been subjected to a great deal of productive study in a queer context since the beginnings of queer theory in the early 1990s. Thus the book extends the ongoing queer discussion of these written texts to their counterpart cinematic texts. Queering the Shakespeare Film is a much-needed alternative and complementary critical history of the Shakespeare film genre

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Published London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Anthony Guy Patricia
ISBN: 1474237053, 9781474237055
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xxvii, 286 pages
Subject: Film history, theory & criticism; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Film adaptations.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literary studies: plays & playwrights; Classic & pre-20th century plays; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Criticism and interpretation.; Homosexuality in motion pictures.; Gay & Lesbian studies; Homosexuality in literature.; English; Films, cinema; Performing Arts
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781474237031


  1. List of Illustrations
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Introduction: The Presence of the Queer in the Shakespeare Film
  4. 1 Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Queer Problematics of Gender, Sodomy, Marriage and Masculinity
  5. 2 The Queer Director, Gay Spectatorship and Three Cinematic Productions of Shakespeare's 'Straightest' Play - Romeo and Juliet
  6. 3 The Visual Poetics of Gender Trouble in Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and Michael Hoffman's William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
  7. 4 Screening the Male Homoerotics of Shakespearean Romantic Comedy on Film in Michael Radford's The Merchant of Venice and Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night
  8. 5 'I Am Your Own Forever': Iago, Queer Self-Fashioning and the Cinematic Othellos of Orson Welles and Oliver Parker
  9. Conclusion Queering the Shakespeare Film in the Early Twenty-First Century
  10. Notes
  11. Bibliography
  12. Index