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Reenacting Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Aftermath

The Intermedial Turn and Turn to Embodiment


Part of the Reproducing Shakespeare book series (RESH)

About this book


In the Shakespeare aftermath—where all things Shakespearean are available for reassembly and reenactment—experimental transactions with Shakespeare become consequential events in their own right, informed by technologies of performance and display that defy conventional staging and filmic practices. Reenactment signifies here both an undoing and a redoing, above all a doing differently of what otherwise continues to be enacted as the same. Rooted in the modernist avant-garde, this revisionary approach to models of the past is advanced by theater artists and filmmakers whose number includes Romeo Castellucci, Annie Dorsen, Peter Greenaway, Thomas Ostermeier, Ivo van Hove, and New York’s Wooster Group, among others. Although the intermedial turn taken by such artists heralds a virtual future, this book demonstrates that embodiment—in more diverse forms than ever before—continues to exert expressive force in Shakespearean reproduction’s turning world.


Shakespeare Hamlet Thomas Ostermeier Annie Dorsen Romeo Castellucci Peter Greenaway Ivo van Hove The Tempest King Lear Troilus and Cressida theatre history performance studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishMuhlenberg CollegeAllentownUSA

About the authors

Thomas Cartelli is Professor of English & Film Studies at Muhlenberg College, USA. He is author of Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the Economy of Theatrical Experience (1991), Repositioning Shakespeare (1999), and co-author (with Katherine Rowe) of New Wave Shakespeare on Screen (2007). He has also edited The Norton Critical Richard III (2009). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reenacting Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Aftermath
  • Book Subtitle The Intermedial Turn and Turn to Embodiment
  • Authors Thomas Cartelli
  • Series Title Reproducing Shakespeare
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Studies in Adaptation and Appropriation
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-40481-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-68064-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-40482-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 343
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Shakespeare
    Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


Reenacting Shakespeare is an extraordinary, eye-opening study. Cartelli’s book is a brilliantly revelatory guide to ‘experimental’ Shakespeare performances we have seen as well as to those we had not even heard of. Through description to analysis to resonances and beyond, he remakes the theory we need to interpret these cultural constructions of our many revolutionary Shakespeares.” (Peter Holland, McMeel Family Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Notre Dame University, USA; Chair of the International Shakespeare Association) 

“Cartelli’s deeply informed and wide-ranging exploration of recent experimental Shakespeare is the finest book I know on the subject. The fruits of decades of engaged theatergoing, Reenacting Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Aftermath is rich in insight, and will prove no less valuable to contemporary critics and theater practitioners than it will to future generations hoping to grasp what this avant-garde Shakespeare meant to ours.” (James Shapiro, Columbia University, USA, and author of The Year of Lear (2015)