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Volume 151 (2015)

Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2015

Celebrating Shakespeare

In 2014 the German Shakespeare Society celebrated Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and their own 150th anniversary – plenty of reasons for an issue of Jahrbuch dedicated to Shakespeare celebrations and festivities, from Stratford-upon-Avon to Sidney, and from the 18th century to the present day. The volume is introduced by Tobias Döring’s speech on the occasion of the Society’s birthday, followed by Peter Holland’s essay on David Garrick’s Shakespeare worship, which culminated in his ‘Shakespeare Jubilee’ of 1769. Holland contrasts Garrick’s bardolatry with the contemporaneous emergence of commentaries on Shakespeare’s plays that paid attention to their performative dimension . Diana Henderson takes the history plays as examples to discuss the complex functions of cultural commemoration, including the 9/11 memorial in New York, the re-interpretation of Guy Fawkes Day in contemporary popular culture, and Shakespeare jubilees. The subsequent contributions by Ton Hoenselaars, Philip Mead, Florence March, and Stephen Purcell are concerned with different Shakespeare celebrations in the 20th century: the Shakespeare tercentenary during World War I – in a German internment camp and in Australia; theatre festivals in southern France since 1947; and finally the Globe-to-Globe festival in London in 2012. In contrast with these festivities, celebrations in Shakespeare’s plays often strike a more ‘ominous’ note, as Ina Habermann observes. The essays by Claudia Olk and Heinrich Detering consider how 20th-century artists such as Samuel Beckett and Bob Dylan not only celebrated Shakespeare but also took inspiration from him. The volume concludes with a retrospective account of the 150-year history of Jahrbuch, written by Andreas Mahler.

Sabine Schülting


Table of Contents Volume 151 (2015)


Warum Shakespeare heute? Eröffnungsrede des Festakts zum 150. Geburtstag der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft. Von Tobias Döring

A Critic and a Gentleman – and a Dozen Jubilees. By Peter Holland

Shadow Soldiers and Precarious Unions: The Legacies of Shakespeare’s History Plays. By Diana E. Henderson

British Civilian Internees Commemorate Shakespeare in Ruhleben, Germany (1914–1918). By Ton Hoenselaars

Tableau Effects: The Prehistory of a Shakespeare Memorial. By Philip Mead

Shakespearean Celebrations in South France Festivals. By Florence March

The International Language of Physical Theatre at the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival. By Stephen Purcell

Ominous Feasts: Celebrations in Shakespeare’s Drama. By Ina Habermann

Happy Days – Shakespeare und Beckett. Von Claudia Olk

Bob Dylans Shakespeare. Von Heinrich Detering

Der ‘Sprechsaal’ der ‘Gesellschaft’ – 150 Jahre Shakespeare Jahrbuch. Von Andreas Mahler



Shakespeare auf deutschsprachigen Bühnen 2013 / 2014

(Gesamtredaktion: Norbert Greiner und Felix Sprang)


Dauerklamauk in Hannover, Rote Bete-Saft in Kassel und Stammestänze in Hamburg – Shakespeare auf norddeutschen Bühnen (Norbert Greiner, Kirsten Sandrock und Felix Sprang)

Schwarz-Weiß-Malerei, Partytiere und metatheatrale Versuche – Shakespeare in NRW (Sarah Briest, Melanie Herrmann, Jan Mosch und Roland Weidle)

Von den Gezeiten der Liebe – Was ihr wollt und Das Wintermärchen in München (Bastian Kuhl)

Texttreu, textfern oder etwas dazwischen? – Shakespeare auf Österreichs Bühnen (Ludwig Schnauder)

Wer will noch lange im Theater sitzen? Parties und Fitness in den Häusern Lear und Theseus – Kurzversionen in der Schweiz (Markus Marti)

Verzeichnis der Shakespeare-Inszenierungen, Spielzeit 2013 / 2014 (Bettina Boecker und Silvie Baldauf)



(Gesamtredaktion: Joachim Frenk und Stephan Laqué)


Ben Jonson in the Twenty-First Century

D. Bevington / M. Butler / I. Donaldson eds, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson; D. L. Gants ed., The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online (L. Erne)

The Stylistics of Physiology

B. Escolme, Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage: Passion’s Slaves; D. Daniel, The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance; B. Cummings / F. Sierhuis eds, Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture (J. J. Heffernan)

Floreat Florio!

J. Florio, A Worlde of Wordes: A Critical Edition; S. Greenblatt / P. G. Platt eds, Shakespeare’s Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays (M. Pfister)

Free Shakespeare

R. Wilson, Free Will: Art and Power on Shakespeare’s Stage; J. A. Bates, Hegel and Shakespeare on Moral Imagination (E. Fernie)

Somewhat Political Shakespeares

A. J. Hartley, Shakespeare and Political Theatre in Practice; D. J. Gil, Shakespeare’s Anti-Politics: Sovereign Power and the Life of the Flesh (I. Habermann)

Nineteenth-Century Shakespeares

S. Sillars, Shakespeare and the Victorians; G. Marshall, ed., Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century (J. Frenk)

Occult Shakespeares

M. Floyd-Wilson, Occult Knowledge, Science, and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage; J. Kahan, Shakespiritualism: Shakespeare and the Occult, 1850–1950 (V. Richter)

Philosophical Shakespeares

P. K. Saval, Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy; M. Pascucci, Philosophical Readings of Shakespeare: “Thou Art the Thing Itself” (S. Laqué)

Returns to Religion

R. C. McCoy, Faith in Shakespeare; D. S. Kastan, A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion (L. Steveker)


I. Schabert, SHAKESPEAREs: Die unendliche Vielfalt der Bilder (N. Greiner)

R. Hertel, Staging England in the Elizabethan History Play: Performing National Identity (A. Shinn)

A. R. Stevens, Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama, 1400–1642 (C. Rutter)

J. Schläger, Shakespeare Prize 19372006 (D. Mehl)

C. Porter, Making and Unmaking in Early Modern English Drama: Spectators, Aesthetics and Incompletion (I. Schwartz-Gastine)

Bruce Boehrer, Environmental Degradation in Jacobean Drama (D. Fuchs)

R. Targoff, Posthumous Love: Eros and the Afterlife in Renaissance England (J. Roe)

H. Lees-Jeffries, Shakespeare and Memory (A. G. Sherman)

J. Clare, Shakespeare’s Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre (K. C. Sturgess)




Tätigkeitsbericht des Präsidenten (Frühjahr 2014). Von Tobias Döring

Shakespeare feiern: Shakespeare-Tage in Weimar, 24.–27. April 2014. Von Dieter Fuchs

Krieg und Gedenken: Shakespeare-Tage Bochum, 14.–16. November 2014. Von Jonas Kellermann

Shakespeare-Gedenktag 2014: Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday in Darmstadt. By Muriel Mirak-Weißbach




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