Reimagining Shakespeare: Essay Collection

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The editors of Reimagining Shakespeare invite contributions for an interdisciplinary collection of essays on film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. We are particularly interested in exploring film adaptations that reimagine, revise, or remodel the worlds of Shakespeare's works. Contributors may choose to address films that radically alter the plays in terms of tone, ideology, or even genre by transforming them into other stand-alone works of art, such as Akira Kurosawa's recasting of King Lear as samurai epic in his 1985 Ran. We also invite considerations of popular updatings of the plays such as Baz Luhrman's 1997 Romeo + Juliet. Further, we welcome essays that focus on the pedagogical opportunities (or challenges) such film adaptations offer.

We encourage contributors to consider films that defamiliarize the plays through adaptation of context, setting, dialogue, and/or character. In what ways does such defamiliarization function? Upon what modes of recognition do these films rely? How do these films negotiate the tension between their own performance, product, and popularity and their problematic (or profitable) association with Shakespearean origin? What pedagogical opportunities do these films provide in terms of not only Shakespeare studies but film studies?

Charles Bane, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of English Education at the University of Central Arkansas, where he teaches courses in pedagogy, film, and theory. He is co-author of A Primer of the Novel (Scarecrow Press 2006) and author of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Martin Scorsese. He has authored articles published in The Encyclopedia of Documentary Film, Stanley Kubrick: Essays on Films and Legacy, and Papa, PhD: Men in the Academy Write about Fatherhood.

Paige Martin Reynolds, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas, where she teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. She is co-editor of Papa, PhD: Men in the Academy Write about Fatherhood, forthcoming from Rutgers University Press. She has authored articles published or forthcoming in SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, ANQ: American Notes and Queries, and 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. Paige is also a professional performer.

Deadline: June 15, 2010

Length: 4,000-6,000 words

Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and a short bio on the last page.

Submissions: Electronic submission preferred. Please e-mail to and/or