• "Local Habitations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Shakespeare Bulletin 40.3 (Fall 2022): pp. 417-437.

    Author(s):
    Alexa Alice Joubin (see profile)
    Date:
    2022
    Group(s):
    CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern, GS Drama and Performance, LLC Shakespeare, MS Screen Arts and Culture, The Renaissance Society of America
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Film adaptations, Globalization, Theater, COVID-19 (Disease)
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/sc6n-w862
    Abstract:
    The metatheatricality of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has invited recent directors to tell particular kinds of socially progressive stories. This article uses the notion of “social reparation” to theorize remedial uses of Shakespeare in adaptations that give artists and audiences more moral agency. By imagining more inclusive local habitations and social spaces for Dream, these socially progressive adaptations seek to remedy injustices in our times and the power asymmetries that inform Shakespeare’s play. My research indicates that place and social space feature prominently in reparative adaptations. To examine the significance of place in performances of Dream, this article analyzes the queer film Were the World Mine (2008), a cross-cultural mime-dance production entitled Dreamer (2016), and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s pandemic-era, interactive, digital performance (2021). All three adaptations draw on the dynamics of their newly created localities to perform various social or artistic mediations.
    Notes:
    Shakespeare Bulletin's 40th anniversary special issue on "A Midsummer Night's Dream in Modern Performance"
    Metadata:
    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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