Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video

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NOTES
1
Further information on the early work of Merchant Ivory Productions is available in John Pym (1983) The Wandering Company: Twenty-One Years of Merchant Ivory Films. London: British Film Institute and New York: Museum of Modern Art.
2
For further discussion of this issue, see Gauri Viswanathan (1989) and Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (1992).
3
This essay on Shakespeare Wallah was first presented at a 1991 conference called “Translations/Transformations: Gender and Culture in Film and Literature, East and West, ” held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the East-West Center. A year later Chaudhry and Khattak presented their paper at a 1992 conference called “Gender and Culture in Literature and Film, East and West: Issues of Perception and Interpretation, ” which was sponsored by the same institutions and Chulalongkorn University and held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since the idea for their paper “was partly triggered by” my talk (Chaudhry and Khattak 1994:25, n. 1), I am responding in this paragraph to their implied critique.
4
I am grateful to Joseph Hurley, Richard Tillotson, and Merchant Ivory Productions for providing books and information on the film which were of help in preparing this essay. My thanks as well to Shelley Nishimura for conveying to me the responses that members of her sophomore literature class had to the film when they viewed it at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Fall 1996.

REFERENCES
Bhabha, Homi K. (1986) “Signs Taken for Wonders: Questions of Ambivalence and Authority under a Tree Outside Delhi, May 1817, ” in “Race, ” Writing, and Difference, ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Chaudhry, Lubna and Saba Khattak (1994) “Images of White Women and Indian Nationalism: Ambivalent Representations in Shakespeare Wallah and Junoon,” in Gender and Culture in Literature and Film East and West: Issues of Perception and Interpretation, eds Nitaya Masavisut, George Simson, and Larry E. Smith. Literary Studies East and West, vol. 9, 19-25. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press.
Irigaray, Luce (1985) “The Power of Discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine, ” in This Sex Which Is Not One, trans. Catherine Porter. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Ivory, James (1973) Savages, Shakespeare Wallah: Two Films by James Ivory. New York: Grove Press
Kendal, Geoffrey, with Clare Colvin (1986) The Shakespeare Wallah. London: Sidgwick & Jackson.
Loomba, Ania (1989) Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Merchant, Ishmail (1991) telephone interview, 22 August.
Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder, ed. (1992) The Lie of the Land: English Literary Studies in India. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Shakespeare, William (1984) Othello, ed. Norman Sanders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Singh, Jyotsna (1989) “Different Shakespeares: The Bard in Colonial/Postcolonial India, ” Theatre Journal 41:445-58.
Viswanathan, Gauri (1989) Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. New York: Columbia University Press.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Plates vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Totally Clueless? 8
  • Notes 20
  • 2 - Race-Ing Othello, Re-Engendering White-Out 23
  • Notes 41
  • 3 - War is Mud 45
  • 4 - Top of the World, Ma 67
  • Notes 78
  • 5 - Popularizing Shakespeare 80
  • Notes 93
  • 6 - Shakespeare Wallah and Colonial Specularity 95
  • Notes 102
  • 7 - Poetry in Motion 103
  • References 119
  • 8 - When Peter Met Orson 121
  • References 134
  • 9 - In Search of Nothing 135
  • References 146
  • Stage Performances of King Lear Cited 147
  • 10 - A Shrew for the Times 148
  • Films and Videos Discussed 168
  • 11 - Shakespeare in the Age of Post-Mechanical Reproduction 169
  • References 185
  • 12 - Grossly Gaping Viewers and Jonathan Miller's Othello 186
  • 13 - Age Cannot Wither Him 198
  • Notes 213
  • 14 - Asta Nielsen and the Mystery of Hamlet 215
  • References 224
  • 15 - The Family Tree Motel 225
  • References 239
  • 16 - The Love That Dare Not Speak Shakespeare's Name 240
  • References 267
  • Index 269
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