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Volume 149 (2013)

Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2013


Shakespeare wrote his plays at a time when religious dogma and practices of worship were being relativized or even rejected – due to the Reformation, the contact with non-Christian religions, and the beginning of modern sciences. The theatre brings such conflicts to the stage and re-enacts Christian rituals. However, it cannot (and does not even want to) erase doubt, since it subsists on the perpetual play of re-creating and authenticating (stage) reality while simultaneously problematizing its validity. Brian Cummings understands “thinking in the future” in Shakespeare as a mode which introduces fundamental metaphysical problems. He shows that Shakespeare’s plays not only interrogate the contents of religious beliefs, but that they also explore what it means to believe and to doubt. Thomas Kullmann understands the pagan pantheon of Shakespeare’s plays as a space which allows Christian and non-Christian religions to be tested and compared to one another. The contributions by Dieter Fuchs, Jean-Christoph Mayer and Sonia Suman discuss the tension between faith and doubt in individual plays – in Titus Andronicus and in the histories. Anat Feinberg introduces George Tabori’s adaptations of The Merchant of Venice and explores how Tabori, as a Jewish director and with explicit reference to the Holocaust, dealt with Shakespeare’s presumably most controversial comedy. Merchant, alongside Othello, is also discussed in Gerald MacLean’s article. He, however, studies the underlying idea of hospitality in the plays and compares it to the travelogues of the approximately contemporaneous Ottoman author Evliya Çelebi. The series of papers is concluded by Klaus Reichert’s article on the problem of ageing in King Lear, the world of which – as suggested by the production photograph on the book jacket – no longer offers “metaphysical solace” to humankind (Blumenberg).

Sabine Schülting


Inhaltsverzeichnis Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2013 (149)


Glaube und Zweifel

Future Contingents: Time and Doubt in Shakespeare. By Brian Cummings

Pagan Mysteries and Metaphysical Ironies: Gods and Goddesses on Shakespeare’s Stage. By Thomas Kullmann

‘Apocalypse Now’: Zweifel und Glaube in Titus Andronicus. Von Dieter Fuchs

Faith and Doubt in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Parts 1 and 2 and King John. By Jean-Christophe Mayer

Transformative Rhetoric and the Performance of Prayer in Shakespeare’s Henry V. By Sonia Suman

Against “False Piety”: George Tabori and The Merchant of Venice. By Anat Feinberg

Hospitality in William Shakespeare and Evliya Çelebi. By Gerald MacLean

Altern als Problem für Künstler und Könige: Lear. Von Klaus Reichert


Der Duke und der Barde im Duett: Ellingtons “Sonnet to Hank Cinq”. Von Johannes Ungelenk



Shakespeare auf deutschsprachigen Bühnen 2011 / 2012

(Gesamtredaktion: Norbert Greiner)


Meditationen über Angst – Lear und Macbeth in Hamburg (Anke Kell und Felix Sprang)

Schweinehälften als theologisches Sinnbild – Maß für Maß pur in Berlin(Ekkehart Krippendorff)

Starke Frauen und tragische Komödien – Shakespeare an Rhein und Ruhr (Melanie Heermann, Jennifer Riediger, Roland Weidle und Jonas Wrede)

Land unter in Athen – Ein Mannheimer Sommernachtstraum (Bernd Hirsch)

Ein Sommernachts-Albtraum und der Traum von der Gleichberechtigung – Shakespeare in München (Bastian Kuhl)

Wiederentdeckt, recycelt, entstaubt – Shakespeare auf Österreichs Bühnen (Ludwig Schnauder)

Selbstinszenierung und Selbstüberschätzung der Mächtigen – Hamlet in Bern, Richard III in Zürich und Julius Caesar in St. Gallen (Markus Marti)

Verzeichnis der Shakespeare-Inszenierungen, Spielzeit 2011 / 2012 (Stefanie Watzka)



(Gesamtredaktion: Joachim Frenk und Stephan Laqué)


Shakespeare across Europe

Á. Matuska, The Vice-Device: Iago and Lear’s Fool as Agents of Representational Crisis; M. Kostihová, Shakespeare in Transition: Political Appropriations in the Postcommunist Czech Republic; N. Cinpoeş, Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Romania, 1778–2008: A Study in Translation, Performance, and Cultural Adaptation; Y. Kawachi / K. Kujawińska Courtney eds., Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance; O. Blumenfeld / V. Popescu eds., Shakespeare in Europe: Nation(s) and Boundaries (V. Schandl, P. Drábek)

Italien und kein Ende

G. Holderness, Shakespeare and Venice; L. Tosi / S. Bassi eds., Visions of Venice in Shakespeare; M. Marrapodi ed., Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories: Anglo-Italian Transactions; B. Höttemann, Shakespeare and Italy (A. Mahler)

W. L. Chernaik, The Myth of Rome in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries; M. Del Sapio Garbero ed., Identity, Otherness and Empire in Shakespeare’s Rome; M. Del Sapio Garbero / N. Isenberg / M. Pennacchia eds., Questioning Bodies in Shakespeare’s Rome (S. Bassi)

Strange Identities

J. Pettegree, Foreign and Native on the English Stage, 1588–1611: Metaphor and National Identity; L. Oakley-Brown ed., Shakespeare and the Translation of Identity in Early Modern England; A. Thompson, Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (L. Hopkins)

Welcome to the Machine

Wendy Beth Hyman ed., The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature; H. Marchitello, The Machine in the Text: Science and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo (J. Sawday)

Robes and Furred Gowns

R. I. Lublin, Costuming the Shakespearean Stage: Visual Codes of Representation in Early Modern Theatre and Culture; P. Hyland, Disguise on the Early Modern English Stage (C. Olk)


L. Bruckner / D. Brayton eds., Ecocritical Shakespeare; S. C. Estok, Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia (T. Müller)


A. Höfele, Stage, Stake & Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare’s Theatre (A. Hadfield)

I. Donaldson, Ben Jonson: A Life (E. Ruge)

C. Richardson, Shakespeare and Material Culture (J. Frenk)

K. Prince, Shakespeare in the Victorian Periodicals (B. Korte)

B. R. Smith, Phenomenal Shakespeare (V. Richter)

M. D. Wagner, Shakespeare, Theatre and Time (F. Sierhuis)

P. Cefalu / B. Reynolds eds., The Return of Theory in Early Modern English Studies: Tarrying with the Subjunctive (S. Laqué)

A. Hiscock, Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature (S. Baumbach)

S. Orgel, Spectacular Performances: Essays on Theatre, Imagery, Books and Selves in Early Modern England (E. Bettinger)

W. Williams, Monsters & Their Meanings in Early Modern Culture: Mighty Magic (I. Habermann)


M. A. Johnston, Beard Fetish in Early Modern England: Sex, Gender, and Registers of Value

M. F. Fahey, Metaphor and Shakespearean Drama: Unchaste Signification

E. Rasmussen, The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios

K. Duncan-Jones, Shakespeare: Upstart Crow to Sweet Swan, 15921623





Tätigkeitsbericht des Präsidenten (Frühjahr 2012). Von Tobias Döring

Glaube und Zweifel bei Shakespeare. Shakespeare-Tage in Bochum, 20.–22. April 2012. Von Dieter Fuchs

“Kleine Herbsttagung” in Weimar, 23.–24. November 2012. Von Dieter Fuchs






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