• Intermediated Bodies and Bodies of Media: Screen Othellos

    Author(s):
    Sujata Iyengar (see profile)
    Editor(s):
    Michael Neill, David Schalkwyk
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern, LLC Shakespeare
    Subject(s):
    Shakespeare in adaptation, Film, Livecasting, Shakespeare performance, Shakespeare and social media, Intermediality
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Othello, Shakestream, Vlog, Shakespeare on film
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/791g-5s86
    Abstract:
    Screened performances screen out the qualities of ‘liveness’ – immediacy, unpredictability, ephemerality, spatial proximity, danger – to varying degrees according to their media, contexts, and audiences. As Philip Auslander has argued, ‘liveness’ itself is intermedial; in order to characterize a performance as ‘live,’ we contrast it to a ‘mediatized’ version of itself and to seek in it an imagined, lost ‘authenticity.’ Laurie Osborne suggests that ‘Shakespeare thrives now through the creative use of intermedial performance differences’ (in the case she discusses, through the interplay among multi-season television series, festival performance, and repertory theatre). This essay investigates race and intermediality in bodies of media: Othellos on film, television, web, and Shakestream, the hybrid format that broadcasts ‘live’ stage performances of plays in cinemas worldwide. I will aim to show that, while these performances assert their status as ‘new media,’ the way they represent other media reinforces what Schröter calls ‘ontological intermediality.’ Moreover, these bodies of media and mediatized human bodies threaten to screen out the lived experience of race for performers and audience.
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    This is the accepted Word document prior to the press's copyediting and proofing and well over 6 months since publication, as permitted by the publisher's Green OA policies. I believe this is the direct DOI to the published version of the essay, but it might require a subscription to load: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198724193-e-36
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