Reviewing Shakespearewith Dr Paul Edmondson and Dr Paul PrescottSponsored by the Arden Shakespeare#reviewingshakespeare
www.bloomsbury.com/arden
A Year of Shakespeareand new directionsand new directionsin academicin academicreviewingreviewing
CrrrrrrrrritttticccccAnd I, forsooth, in love! I, that have beenlove’s whip,A very beadle to a humorous sigh,A critic, nay...
Nightwatch Constablesvs.Domineering Pedants
The rise of academic reviewingShakespeare Survey – 1948Shakespeare Quarterly – 1950Cahiers Élisabéthains – 1972Shakespeare...
Busting the joint,joining the beat[T]he public critic has been dismembered by two opposing forces: the tendencyof academic...
This is an extraordinary collection ofessays recording the events of the WorldShakespeare Festival, summoning up itskaleid...
‘The written response we have in mind is somethingof a hybrid – part blog, part review, part provocation,depending on the ...
Newspaper coverage of theGlobe to Globe FestivalThe Guardian only newspaper to review all productionsThe Financial Times c...
‘Back to Britishbusiness as usual’….‘After the enticing international extravaganza of Globe to Globe, it’s back to British...
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World Shakespeare FestivalArchive• Shakespeare Centre Library• Trusted Digital Repository• Paper Archive
World Shakespeare FestivalArchiveWe need the following programmes:• The Rest is Noise (dreamthinkspeak)• Falstaff (ROH)• M...
World Shakespeare FestivalArchivePlease send your memories, photos, press-clippings, and accounts of the WSF to:library@sh...
2626founding associate partner
shksp.re/reviewingapp
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Questionshttp://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/a-year-of-shakespeare-9781408188149/Discount code: SBT0513
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  1. 1. Reviewing Shakespearewith Dr Paul Edmondson and Dr Paul PrescottSponsored by the Arden Shakespeare#reviewingshakespeare
  2. 2. www.bloomsbury.com/arden
  3. 3. A Year of Shakespeareand new directionsand new directionsin academicin academicreviewingreviewing
  4. 4. CrrrrrrrrritttticccccAnd I, forsooth, in love! I, that have beenlove’s whip,A very beadle to a humorous sigh,A critic, nay, a night-watch constable,A domineering pedant o’er the boy [Cupid]Than whom no mortal so magnificent!(Love’s Labour’s Lost 3.1.169-73)
  5. 5. Nightwatch Constablesvs.Domineering Pedants
  6. 6. The rise of academic reviewingShakespeare Survey – 1948Shakespeare Quarterly – 1950Cahiers Élisabéthains – 1972Shakespeare Bulletin - 1982
  7. 7. Busting the joint,joining the beat[T]he public critic has been dismembered by two opposing forces: the tendencyof academic criticism to become increasingly inward-looking and non-evaluative,and the momentum for journalistic and popular criticism to become a muchmore democratic, dispersive affair, no longer left in the hands of the experts.Rónán McDonald, The Death of the Critic. London: Continuum, 2007: ix.[T]oo often members of the postmodern professoriate […] sound as if they livein some very distant world. Not an elite ivory tower as in the past, but somethinglike a strange, perhaps perverse, cult […] I’m not sure if it’s a prison or amadhouse or both. In any event, the inmates show little desire to ‘bust the joint’.Curtis White, The Middle Mind: why Americans don’t think for themselves.London: Allen Lane, 2004: p.5
  8. 8. This is an extraordinary collection ofessays recording the events of the WorldShakespeare Festival, summoning up itskaleidoscopic diversity, its global reach, itsoddities, triumphs and provocations- itsShakespeare criticism as you have neverencountered it before, scholarly,experimental, instant, and at timesbizarre.’Dame Margaret Drabble11
  9. 9. ‘The written response we have in mind is somethingof a hybrid – part blog, part review, part provocation,depending on the writer and his/her experience of theproduction. We are not looking for an authoritative,densely detailed and argued verdict on theproduction, more a lively, unguarded and informal setof thoughts and impressions.’
  10. 10. Newspaper coverage of theGlobe to Globe FestivalThe Guardian only newspaper to review all productionsThe Financial Times covered roughly halfExcluding Globe’s own production of Henry V, the rest ofthe national press published only fifteen reviews in totalof the remaining 37 productionsChariots of Fire at Hampstead Theatre reviewed by atleast 17 critics; most RSC and Globe productionsreviewed in a dozen newspapers
  11. 11. ‘Back to Britishbusiness as usual’….‘After the enticing international extravaganza of Globe to Globe, it’s back to Britishbusiness as usual at Bankside’ (Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard)Dominic Dromgoole had ‘timed to perfection his production of Shakespeare’scelebration of our country, our way of life and our willingness to defend it’ (TimWalker, Sunday Telegraph)‘The evening acts as a chastening reminder of what a country needs when it’s upagainst it. Those rash souls at the Ministry of Defence, pruning the army to withinan inch of its life, would do well to take note’ (Dominic Cavendish, DailyTelegraph)
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  14. 14. World Shakespeare FestivalArchive• Shakespeare Centre Library• Trusted Digital Repository• Paper Archive
  15. 15. World Shakespeare FestivalArchiveWe need the following programmes:• The Rest is Noise (dreamthinkspeak)• Falstaff (ROH)• Macbeth: Leila and Ben – A Bloody History (LIFT)• West Side Story (Sage, Gateshead)• Desdemona (Barbican Centre)• 2008 Macbeth (Edinburgh Festival)
  16. 16. World Shakespeare FestivalArchivePlease send your memories, photos, press-clippings, and accounts of the WSF to:library@shakespeare.org.ukorThe Shakespeare Centre Library, Henley Street,Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6XA
  17. 17. 2626founding associate partner
  18. 18. shksp.re/reviewingapp
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  20. 20. Questionshttp://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/a-year-of-shakespeare-9781408188149/Discount code: SBT0513

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