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Volume 154 (2018)

Shakespeare Jahrbuch 2018


In the ‘Year of Luther’, the German Shakespeare Society also dedicated its annual meeting to the Reformation. Although Shakespeare did not address confessional issues explicitly, his plays – as well as those of his contemporaries – are impacted by the religious, cultural and political debates accompanying the process of confessionalization. Janet Clare investigates censorship during the Reformation and discusses, for a range of plays, how theological concepts are re-negotiated as instruments securing political order. Cornel Zwierlein’s analysis of Shakespearean drama traces three motifs that played a central role in English political theory after the Reformation: tyrannicide, the offence of crimen-laesae-majestatis, and the nature of sovereignty. Stephan Laqué’s essay focuses on the theological principle of hope in Hamlet, King Lear and The Tempest. In her reading of the trial scenes in King Lear, Elizabeth Hodgson explores the play’s references to apocalyptic ideas on the one hand, and to the contemporary controversy on the affective impact of theatre on the other. Richard Hillman reads Henri de Barran’s Reformation allegory Tragiqve comedie francoise de l’homme justifié par Foy (1554) as an intertext for The Merchant of Venice, which further accentuates the question of faith negotiated in Shakespeare’s play, namely the opposition between the Old and the New Testament. Using the example of Macbeth, Anne Enderwitz problematizes the relationship between economy, politics, and gender relations in the age of the Reformation. Isabel Karremann reads Antony and Cleopatra in the light of a fundamental change in the commemoration of the dead and the political instrumentalization of burial rites in Protestant England. In the last article of this special issue, Lieke Stelling discusses Tarlton’s Newes Out of Purgatory as an example of the humorous aspects of the religious debates of late sixteenth-century England.

Sabine Schülting




VORTRÄGE UND AUFSÄTZE: “Shakespeare und die Reformation”


Reform and Order on the Elizabethan Stage: Sir Thomas More to Hamlet. By Janet Clare

Tyrannenmord, Majestätsverbrechen und Herrscherwechsel bei Shakespeare: Resonanzen konfessioneller Polarisierung um 1600. Von Cornel Zwierlein

“Like birds i’th’ cage”: Shakespeare und die Frage der Hoffnung. Von Stephan Laqué

Playing Judge: The End-Games of King Lear. By Elizabeth Hodgson

Mercy Unjustified: A Reformation Intertext for The Merchant of Venice. By Richard Hillman

Ökonomie und politisches Kalkül: Macbeth und die Reformation. Von Anne Enderwitz

Post-Reformation Memory Culture: Ritual Forgetting in Anthony and Cleopatra. By Isabel Karremann

“Leaving their humours to the word mongers of mallice”: Mocking Polemic in Tarltons Newes out of Purgatory (1590) and Two Contemporary Responses. By Lieke Stelling



The Last Days of William Shakespeare. By Gordon McMullan




Shakespeare auf deutschsprachigen Bühnen 2016/2017

(Gesamtredaktion: Norbert Greiner und Felix Sprang)


Trommel und Kran, Blutbad und Vorhang: Shakespeare in Norddeutschland zwischen Konzept und Klamauk (Ute Berns)

You want it darker”: Shakespeares Zombies in Nordrhein-Westfalen (Sarah Briest, Jan Mosch und Roland Weidle)

Erhellendes aus düsteren Wäldern des Südwestens (Norbert Greiner)

Welch blut’ge Spektakel sind dies: Hamlet und Macbeth in München (Bastian Kuhl)

Familienaufstellung und Blödelei mit Shakespeare auf Österreichs Bühnen (Ludwig Schnauder)

Ein Schweizer Hamlet als Hotspot (Markus Marti)

Verzeichnis der Shakespeare-Inszenierungen, Spielzeit 2016/2017 (Bettina Boecker und Johanna Stowasser)




(Gesamtredaktion: Ralf Hertel und Stephan Laqué)


Playing Politics

Peter Lake, How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays; Thomas P. Anderson, Shakespeare’s Fugitive Politics; Richard Halpern, Eclipse of Action: Tragedy and Political Economy (L. Hopkins)

Asian Shakespeares

Tian Yuan Tan / Paul Edmondson / Shih-Pe Wang eds, 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s China; Bi-qi Beatrice Lei / Judy Celine Ick / Poonam Trivedi eds, Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel (R. Hertel)

Shakespeare’s Law

Regina Mara Schwartz, Loving Shakespeare, Living Justice; Gary Watt, Shakespeare’s Acts of Will; Kevin Curran ed., Shakespeare and Judgment (D. Carpi)

Subversions on Screen

R. S. White, Shakespeare’s Cinema of Love: A Study in Genre and Influence; Ailsa Grant Ferguson, Shakespeare, Cinema, Counter-Culture: Appropriation and Inversion; Anthony Guy Patricia, Queering the Shakespeare Film: Gender Trouble, Gay Spectatorship and Male Homoeroticism (S. Ryle)


J. K. Barret, Untold Futures: Time and Literary Culture in Renaissance England (D. I. Rabey)

Richard Dutton, Shakespeare: Court Dramatist (B. Boecker)

Alison Findlay / Vassiliki Markidou eds, Shakespeare and Greece (W. von Koppenfels)

Paul Franssen, Shakespeare’s Literary Lives: The Author as Character in Fiction and Film (E. S. Mallin)

Ina Habermann / Michelle Witen eds, Shakespeare and Space: Theatrical Explorations of the Spatial Paradigm (R. West-Pavlov)

Andreas Höfele, No Hamlets: German Shakespeare from Nietzsche to Carl Schmitt (E. Fernie)

Gabriel Josipovici, Hamlet Fold on Fold (S. Laqué)

Farah Karim-Cooper, The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch, and the Spectacle of Dismemberment (J. Sawday)

John Kerrigan, Shakespeare’s Binding Language (U. Berns)

Richard van Oort, Shakespeare’s Big Men: Tragedy and the Problem of Resentment (P. A. Kottman)

Paul Raffield, The Art of Law in Shakespeare (S. Gruß)

Shormishtha Panja / Babli Moitra Saraf eds, Performing Shakespeare in India. Exploring Indianness, Literatures and Cultures (A. Sen)

Rob Pensalfini, Prison Shakespeare: For These Deep Shames and Great Indignities (D. Kolesch)

Brian Sheerin, Desires of Credit in Early Modern Theory and Drama: Commerce, Poesy, and the Profitable Imagination (A. Enderwitz)






Tätigkeitsbericht der Präsidentin (Frühjahr 2017). Von Claudia Olk

“Shakespeare und die Reformation”: Shakespeare-Tage in Weimar, 20.–23. April 2017. Von Jonas Kellermann

Shakespeare-Gedenktage 2016: Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death in Hesse. By Muriel Mirak-Weißbach

Brush up your Shakespeare – Tagung für Lehrende und Shakespeare-Freunde, 23./24. November 2017 im Burkadushaus in Würzburg. Von Maria Eisenmann und Vanessa Schormann



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