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Volume 152 (2016)

Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2016

Shakespeare’s Heroes and Heroines

“Considering the pleasure we gain from heroes and the tragic, we have to go beyond  empathizing with the hero Marcius in order to achieve an even richer pleasure”, Bertolt Brecht wrote in his commentary to his adaptation of Coriolanus (1951/52). His 1964 production at Berliner Ensemble offered a reinterpretation of the “Tragedy of Coriolanus” as the “Tragedy of Rome”. In the aftermath of the Second World War, heroes appeared obsolete, but current research suggests a new interest in heroism as Barbara Korte states in her survey of conceptualizations of the heroic in Shakespeare’s plays. The essays collected in this volume investigate the multilayered facets of this topic. Patrick Gray discusses Brutus in Julius Caesar as caught in-between the tensions of Stoicism and proto-Christian ideals. Focusing on the character of Celia in As You Like It, Elizabeth Mazzola is concerned with the agency of Shakespeare’s heroines. Andrew James Johnston analyzes concepts of heroic temporality in Shakespeare’s references to Robin Hood. Christopher Wilson’s essay focuses on the relationship between music and heroism – in Shakespeare’s Othello and the Verdi-Boito opera. Doris Kolesch asks “How to Play Othello” and sheds a critical light on the representation of black heroes on German stages against the backdrop of recent blackfacing debates. Richard Wilson reconstructs Shakespeare scholar Frances Yates’s search for a new mode of civil heroism, particularly in the wake of World War I. The last two contributions further illustrate how Shakespeare and his plays have been used to critique martial discourses of heroism: Paul Franssen discusses the construction of Shakespeare as peacemaker during the tercentenary festivities in 1916. Zeno Ackermann illuminates anti-heroic rhetoric in Troilus and Cressida and the topos of the play’s ‘modernity’ in the “century of war”.

Sabine Schülting




Shakespeares Helden und Heldinnen


Konzeptionen des Heroischen bei Shakespeare. Von Barbara Korte

The Compassionate Stoic: Brutus as Accidental Hero. By Patrick Gray

The Place of a Cousin in As You Like It. By Elizabeth Mazzola

Heroic Performance: The Multiple Temporalities of Shakespeare’s Robin Hoods. By Andrew James Johnston

Music as Aural and Symbolic Signifier of Heroic Disintegration in Othello. By Christopher R. Wilson

Wie Othello spielen? Von Doris Kolesch

The Sweet War-Man Is Dead and Rotten: Frances Yates and the Shakespearean Culture Hero. By Richard Wilson

Shakespeare, the Peacemaker: Views from the Sidelines. By Paul Franssen

“What may be digested in a play”: Troilus and Cressida und das Jahrhundert des Kriegs. Von Zeno Ackermann



“Shakespeare zu inszenieren heißt, sich rituell mit dem Nichtwissen zu konfrontieren”: Luk Perceval im Gespräch mit Christina Wald





Shakespeare auf deutschsprachigen Bühnen 2014 / 2015

(Gesamtredaktion: Norbert Greiner und Felix Sprang)

 Romeo und Julia am Thalia Theater in Hamburg – ein Abgesang mit E-Gitarren und Lichterketten (Felix Sprang)

Die Leibspeise von Richard III., aufgetischt von der Berliner Schaubühne, Macbeth, gefangen in einem Raum ohne Emotionen am Deutschen Theater, und ein Totentanz der Liebenden, Roméo et Juliette an der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Lukas Lammers und Jonas Kellermann)

Konzepttheater, bis auf die Unterhosen – Shakespeare in NRW (Sarah Briest, Jan Mosch und Roland Weidle)

Ballerei mit etlichen Schnellschüssen – Antonius und Cleopatra in München (Bastian Kuhl)

Vom Wiener Globe zur Perner Insel – Shakespeare auf Österreichs Bühnen (Ludwig Schnauder)

Modernisierter und / oder verkitschter Shakespeare in der Schweiz – Georges Delnons letzte Saison in Basel (Markus Marti)

Verzeichnis der Shakespeare-Inszenierungen, Spielzeit 2014 / 2015 (Bettina Boecker und Anna Katharina Lauber)





(Gesamtredaktion: Ralf Hertel und Stephan Laqué)

 Environmental Shakespeare

Gwilym Jones, Shakespeare’s Storms; Charlotte Scott, Shakespeare’s Nature: From Cultivation to Culture; Leah Knight, Reading Green in Early Modern England; Christoph Singer, Sea Change: The Shore from Shakespeare to Banville (D. Brayton)

Shakespearean Politics

Christopher Pye, The Storm at Sea: Political Aesthetics in the Time of Shakespeare; Alex Schulman, Rethinking Shakespeare’s Political Philosophy: From Lear to Leviathan; Garry Wills, Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time (T. Burns)

Girls, Whores and Heroines

Lori Leigh, Shakespeare and the Embodied Heroine: Staging Female Characters in the Late Plays and Early Adaptation; Kay Stanton, Shakespeare’s ʻWhoresʼ: Erotics, Politics, and Poetics; Deanne Williams, Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood (V. Richter)

Classical Shakespeare

Colin Burrow, Shakespeare & Classical Antiquity; Lisa S. Starks-Estes, Violence, Trauma, and Virtus in Shakespeare’s Roman Plays and Poems: Transforming Ovid (P. Innes)

Shakespeare’s Celtic Fringes

Willy Maley / Rory Loughnane eds., Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers; Marisa R. Cull, Shakespeare’s Princes of Wales: English Identity and the Welsh Connection (K. Sandrock)

Reformation Shakespeare

Claudia Richter, The Calvinesque: An Aesthetics of Violence in English Literature after the Reformation; Christina Wald, The Reformation of Romance: The Eucharist, Disguise, and Foreign Fashion in Early Modern Prose Fiction (Z. Ackermann)


Alan Galey, The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity (A. Vine)

Ruben Espinosa / David Ruiter eds., Shakespeare and Immigration (C. Lemke)

Alfred Thomas, Shakespeare, Dissent, and Cold War (M. Gibinska)

Ángel-Luis Pujante / Juan F. Cerdá eds., Shakespeare en España: Bibliografía anotada bilingüe / Shakespeare in Spain: An Annotated Bilingual Bibliography (B. Engler)

Jennifer Ann Bates / Richard Wilson eds., Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy (S. Laqué)

Vernon Guy Dickson, Emulation on the Shakespearean Stage (I. Lichterfeld)

Quentin Skinner, Forensic Shakespeare (A. Zurcher)







Tätigkeitsbericht der Präsidentin (Frühjahr 2015). Von Claudia Olk

Helden und Heldinnen bei Shakespeare: Shakespeare-Tage in Berlin, 23.–26. April 2015. Von Jonas Kellermann

Macht, Intrigen, Krisen und Skandale – The Bard will teach you: Shakespeare-Tagung am 30. und 31. Oktober 2015 auf der Wolfsburg (Mühlheim). Von Maria Eisenmann und Vanessa Schormann




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