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Volume 148 (2012)

Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2012 (148)


Shipwrecks and pirates were ever-present threats during journeys of trade or discovery in early modern times. With the European colonial expansion from the fifteenth century onwards, seafaring became a potent metaphor for human life in general. At the same time, it initiated a rich and multifarious production of texts in diverse genres – including navigational handbooks, travel diaries and travel drama. The Shakespearean stage faced the problem of representing catastrophe, and fundamental questions were raised about the relationship between the audience and the (staged) spectacle of destruction. Tobias Döring’s contribution even proposes an analogy between the sea and the stage and reads the engagement with seafaring in Shakespeare’s plays as metatheatrical reflexions. Felix Sprang’s article shows the fundamental influence which the study of navigation had not only on the imagery of the plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, but also on plot structure and characterization. The contributions by Ina Habermann and Bernhard Klein build on recent theories of space. Habermann proposes to read plays such as Twelfth Night, Pericles or The Tempest as constructions of “hodological” spaces. In Klein’s essay, the ship as well as the sea are conceptualised as “lived spaces”, which allow insights into bodily practices, social dynamics and cultural contacts. Claire Jowitt’s contribution focuses on a particular group of maritime agents in Shakespeare’s plays, namely pirates, who raise pertinent cultural-political questions. Rui Carvalho Homem analyses the afterlife of The Tempest, as well as its cultural and literary implications, by looking at adaptations of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Finally, Maik Hamburger offers a brief overview of the manifold ‘images’ and dramaturgical functions of the sea in Shakespeare’s plays.

Sabine Schülting


Contents Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2012 (148)


Seefahrt, Schiffbruch und maritime Abenteuer

·         All the World’s the Sea: Shakespearean Passages. By Tobias Döring

·         “So weak is my ability and knowledge in navigation”: Navigating the Stage in Early Modern London. By Felix C. H. Sprang

·         “I shall have share in this most happy wreck”: Shakespeare’s Topology of Shipwrecking. By Ina Habermann

·         Shakespeare’s Pirates: The Politics of Seaborne Crime. By Claire Jowitt

·         Der Ort des Meeres in der Frühen Neuzeit. Von Bernhard Klein

·         Prospero’s Wake: Genre and Transit in the Afterlife of The Tempest. By Rui Carvalho Homem

·         Shakespeare und das Meer: Ein kurzer Abriß für bildende Künstler. Von Maik Hamburger


·         Time Compression in Two Sixteenth-Century Dramas on the Reign of King John and the Emergence of the Chronicle Play Genre. By Charles R. Forker



·         Ragusine and Eastern Adriatic Piracyin Shakespeare’s Plays. By Lea Puljcan Juric




Shakespeare auf deutschsprachigen Bühnen 2010 / 2011

(Gesamtredaktion: Norbert Greiner)

 ·         Geteilte Prinzen, Existentielles und eimerweise Wasser – Shakespeare im Norden (Anke Kell, Kirsten Sandrock, Felix Sprang)

·         King Lear und der Merchant zwischen den Geschlechtern, Romeo und Julia ohne Liebe – Shakespeare in und um Berlin (Ekkehart Krippendorff)

·         Dreck und Trash in der Tragödie – Shakespeare an Rhein und Ruhr (Claus Clemens)

·         Trauma als verpaßte Chance – Macbeth in München (Bastian Kuhl, Birte Kunstmann)

·         Von Weihnachtsgeschenken und Séancen – Theaterschau Österreich 2010 / 2011 (Ludwig Schnauder)

·         Shakespeare als Unterhaltungsautor: Shakespeare-Aufführungen auf Schweizer Bühnen (Markus Marti)

·         Verzeichnis der Shakespeare-Inszenierungen, Spielzeit 2010 / 2011 (Stefanie Watzka)



(Gesamtredaktion: Joachim Frenk und Stephan Laqué)

 ·         Who Was Shakespeare and What, If Anything, Did He Write?

J. Shapiro, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?; W. Leahy ed., Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question; D. Bevington, Shakespeare and Biography; B. Hammond ed., Double Falsehood or The Distressed Lovers; H. Craig / A. F. Kinney eds., Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship; G. Egan, The Struggle for Shakespeare’s Text: Twentieth-Century Editorial Theory and Practice (L. Marcus)

·         The Sea! The Sea!

C. Jowitt, The Culture of Piracy, 1580–1630: English Literature and Seaborne Crime; S. Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean (A. Müller-Wood)

·         “Now I am Alone”: New Perspectives on Shakespeare and the Individual

P. Holbrook, Shakespeare’s Individualism; S. Greenblatt, Shakespeare’s Freedom; J. Phillips Ingram, Idioms of Self-Interest: Credit, Identity, and Property in English Renaissance Literature; U. Berns ed., Solo Performances: Staging the Early Modern Self in England (I. Berensmeyer)

·         From Page to Stage (and Back)

R. Weimann / D. Bruster, Shakespeare and the Power of Performance: Stage and Page in the Elizabethan Theatre; T. Stern, Documents of Performance in Early Modern England; J. Astington, Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time: The Art of Stage Playing (R. Conkie)

·         Shakespop Reloaded

M. Dimmock / A. Hadfield eds., Literature and Popular Culture in Early Modern England; A. Hansen, Shakespeare and Popular Music; S. Purcell, Popular Shakespeare: Simulation and Subversion on the Modern Stage (J. Frenk)

·         The Colonies at Home

W. Maley / P. Schwyzer eds., Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly; R. E. Bates, Shakespeare and the Cultural Colonization of Ireland (C. Lemke)

·         “I have seen a medicine / That’s able to breathe life into a stone”

M. A. Lund, Melancholy, Medicine and Religion in Early Modern England: Reading The Anatomy of Melancholy; K. L. Peterson, Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeares England (D. Jancsò)

·         Shakespeare among the Philosophers

S. Stewart, Shakespeare and Philosophy; P. A. Kottman, ed., Philosophers on Shakespeare (S. Laqué)

·         Widersprüchliches und Gegenläufiges

W. E. Engel, Chiastic Designs in English Literature from Sidney to Shakespeare; P. G. Platt, Shakespeare and the Culture of Paradox (Z. Ackermann)

·         Shakespeare after Shakespeare

M. Garber, Shakespeare’s Ghost Writers: Literature as Uncanny Causality; A. Haverkamp, Shakespearean Genealogies of Power: A Whispering of Nothing in Hamlet, Richard II, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale (C. Krug)

·         Einzelrezensionen

M. D. Bristol ed., Shakespeare and Moral Agency (P. Drábek)

H. Cooper, Shakespeare and the Medieval World (A. J. Johnston)

E. Gajowski ed., Presentism, Gender, and Sexuality in Shakespeare (D. Feldmann)

E. Hateley, Shakespeare in Children’s Literature: Gender and Cultural Capital (B. Boecker)

J. Kingsley-Smith, Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture (L. Steveker)  

P. Pugliatti, Shakespeare and the Just War Tradition (R. Haekel)

S. Wells, Shakespeare, Sex, and Love (C. McEachern)



·         Tätigkeitsbericht des Präsidenten (Frühjahr 2011). Von Andreas Höfele

·         Shakespeare’s Shipwrecks: Theatres of Maritime Adventure. Tagung der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft und der European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) in Weimar, 28. April – 1. Mai 2011. Von Dieter Fuchs



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