• The Shakespearean International Yearbook 20: Pericles, ed. Tom Bishop, Alexa Alice Joubin, Deanne Williams

    Alexa Alice Joubin (see profile)
    CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern, GS Drama and Performance, LLC Shakespeare, The Renaissance Society of America
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Pericles (Shakespeare, William), Refugees, Queer theory, Performanzen, Dance
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    global Shakespeare, Orientalism, intercultural theatre, travelogue, early modern English drama
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    This volume focuses on Pericles, Prince of Tyre, whose narrative of refugee suffering, familial loss, emotional distancing, people-trafficking, and eventual, joyous recovery speaks strikingly to our historical moment. The play’s internationalist reach, its images of cross-cultural relations, and its Eastern Mediterranean setting also promote a reflection on the current politics of global exchange. ::: Notably this volume includes a comprehensive list of productions up to 2020. After an Introduction reviewing key aspects of the play’s history, the dozen contributions are grouped into four trios. ::: The first two trios examine Pericles’ place in the canon and its appropriation of ideas of the baroque and medievalism to the story’s relevance to the culture of early seventeenth-century England. This sets up a strong foundation for readers to appreciate the third trio on theoretical and practical performance cues scripted within the play itself, such as its use of props, the court masque. Essays in the fourth trio take us to performances of the play in modern times, including an in-depth analysis of its first known performance in North America in Massachusetts in 1920 and a survey of dance in twenty eight productions from 1947 to 2018, focused in particular on questions of choreography and the incorporation of international dance traditions in the soldiers’ dance at Pentapolis, where Pericles meets his future wife, Thaisa. This trio concludes with a global chronological list of known productions of Pericles. :::: In addition to its curated thematic section on Pericles, there is a “state of the field” review essay in keeping with the general commitment to current scholarship in international Shakespeare studies. We feature Nicole Jacobs’s “Intersectional Shakespeare” which covers new scholarship during the pandemic on social justice issues through the lenses of critical race theory, queer theory, disability studies, and studies of the non-human.
    This volume will be the last to which Tom Bishop will contribute as a cogeneral editor. Alexa Alice Joubin will continue on as General Editor. She remains dedicated to the Shakespearean International Yearbook’s mission of publishing new scholarship on global Shakespeare studies and fostering diverse, international voices. Forthcoming volumes will focus on global disability studies, mixed-race studies, as well as global transgender studies, among other topics.
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