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Making Shakespeare

Synopsis
Uses video technology as a vehicle for arguments about current understanding of Shakespeare. Weaves performance, archive and film material with class and studio work in an attempt to consolidate recent alternative approaches to literary criticism, drawn from feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, media education and cultural studies. Whilst addressing issues of general cultural and critical relevance, Othello is used as a focus for the specific questions of class, race and gender. Raymond Williams analyses the signals through which the Shakespearean script addresses its audience, Lisa Jardine approaches Othello through an historical account of the representation of gender in the Renaissance, Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield offer a working definition of ‘ideology’ in the play and period, Peter Holland considers the implications of recent textual scholarship, Germaine Greer stresses the cognitive power of performance and Iago’s contemporary urgency, and Sam Wanamaker and Jonathan Miller discuss performance.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1987
Duration
60 mins
Availability
Sale

Credits

Director
Brian Musgrove; Charles Ritchie
Writer
Charles Ritchie
Contributor
Alan Sinfield; Germaine Greer; Jonathan Dollimore; Jonathan Miller; Lisa Jardine; Peter Holland; Raymond Williams; Sam Wanamaker

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Material is made available to staff and students of the University only. Outside researchers requiring access should contact the Librarian regarding the possibility of an on-site viewing.
Documentation
Accompanying 16-page booklet contains suggestions on how the tape might be used in classroom/college teaching, information on the sources and developments of the tape’s arguments, and profiles of speakers.
Uses
General, but with specific attention to educational contexts from A-level upwards.

Production Company

Name

Cambridge AV Group

Phone
0223 60815
Address
10 Latham Road
Cambridge
CB2 2EQ
Notes
C. Ritchie

Sponsor

Name

Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology

Name

Chivers Shakespeare Fund

Name

Eastern Arts Association

Name

St John’s College, University of Cambridge

Name

University of Cambridge

Name

Wilson (Judith) Fund

Archive

Name

Anglia Ruskin University Library

Email
http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/helpdesk/contact.htm
Web
http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/index.html External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0)1245 683757
Fax
+44 (0)1245 683149
Address
Chelmsford Library
Queens Building
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford, Essex
CM1 ISQ

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