Journal of Narrative Theory

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, Fall

"Brothers" before Others: The Once and Future Patriarchy in Hamlet 2
Like other "backstage dramas" involving Handel, Andrew Fleming's 2(X)8 film, Hamlet 2, revolves around an out-of-work, mediocre actor who seeks to save the world through his Shakespearean revival. While the film's most obvious predecessors-Kenneth Branagh's...
Comic Terror and Masculine Vulnerability in Slings and Arrows: Season Three
Tony Tasset's "Eye"Terror is an overwhelming feeling of panic and uncertainty; terrorism, the deliberate manipulation of that fear by force. In this post 9/11 moment there is an ongoing and ever-shifting transformation of our public sphere into a theatre...
Introduction: Popular Shakespeares: Modes, Media, Bodies
In February 2011 I purchased a web showing of The Wooster Group's 2007 production of Hamlet for my Ph.D. students to watch. I saw the production live in New York in November 2007, but the web showing captured a 2009 performance in Gdansk, Poland. While...
"Othello's Back": Othello as Mock Tragedy in Rita Dove's Sonata Mulattica
The intrusion of Shakespeare's Othello marks the defining moment in the fate of the hero for whom Rita Dove's Sonata Mulattica is named, the black violinist George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower (1780-1860). Popularized Othello is invoked to dramatize...
Pearls in Beauteous Ladies' Eyes: Shakespeare, Race, and Riots in the American Metropolis
I. Introduction: Conscripting ShakespeareIn a November 1967 column for the popular men's magazine Esquire, American journalist George Frazier opens a piece written in praise of the contemporary black man's "inimitable sense of style" in an unexpected...
Social Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Social Media, and Performance
In January 2010, the Birmingham, Alabama-based Sloss Performing Arts Company began work on a performance of Romeo and Juliet that experimented with the social network site Facebook to allow their audience the ability to access and participate in the...
The Globalist Dimensions of Silent Shakespeare Cinema
When I hear a director speaking glibly of serving the author, of letting a play speak for itself, my suspicions are aroused. ... If you just let a play speak, it may not make a sound. If what you want is for the play to be heard, then you must conjure...