The Afterlife of Ophelia

Hardcover | March 15, 2012

EditorKaara L. Peterson, Deanne Williams

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Although she appears in only a handful of scenes in Hamlet, Ophelia is one of Shakespeare's most enigmatic and unforgettable characters. This collection of new essays is the first to explore the rich afterlife of one of Shakespeare's most recognizable characters. With contributions from an international group of established and emerging scholars, The Afterlife of Ophelia moves beyond the confines of existing scholarship and forges connections among fields that are typically pursued as separate lines of inquiry within Shakespeare studies: film and new media studies, theatre and performance studies, historicist and contextual perspectives, and studies of popular culture.

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Although she appears in only a handful of scenes in Hamlet, Ophelia is one of Shakespeare's most enigmatic and unforgettable characters. This collection of new essays is the first to explore the rich afterlife of one of Shakespeare's most recognizable characters. With contributions from an international group of established and emergin...

Kaara L. Peterson is an associate professor of English at Miami University.Deanne Williams is an associate professor of English at York University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230116906

ISBN - 13:9780230116900

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Afterlives of Ophelia – Kaara L. Peterson & Deanne Williams'I've got a feeling for Ophelia': Childhood and Performance – Seth LererReviewing Ophelia – Jeremy Lopez An Actress Prepares: Seven Ophelias – Neil TaylorRebooting Ophelia: Social Media and the Rhetorics of Appropriation – Sujata Iyengar and Christy DesmetThe Paradox of Female Agency: Ophelia and East Asian Sensibilities – Alexander HuangThe Lady Vanishes: Aurality and Agency in Cinematic Ophelias – Kendra Preston LeonardEnter Ofelia Playing on a Lute – Deanne WilliamsOphelia's Wake – Paul MenzerOphelia and Some Theatrical Successors – Lois PotterOphélie in Nineteenth-Century French Painting – Delphine Gervais de LafondAt the Margins: Ophelia in Modern and Contemporary Photography – Remedios PerniDouble Take: Tom Hunter's The Way Home (2000) – Kimberly RhodesAfterword: Ophelia Then, Now, Hereafter – Coppélia Kahn

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'This richly varied collection builds on Elaine Showalter's famous 1985 essay, 'Representing Ophelia,' to examine multiple representations of Ophelia in various times and places.  The images, both described and captured in illustrations, are fascinating in themselves and the collection as a whole constitutes a revealing contribution to cultural history, demonstrating that Ophelia is indeed a mirror in which successive cultures have seen their own anxieties and values.'—Phyllis Rackin, professor of English Emerita, University of Pennsylvania'This is a simply fabulous collection of essays on 'the blighted girlhood' of Ophelia, whose fate has fascinated readers for centuries.  Far from being a static figure, however, this volume shows that Ophelia has changed with the times, and her fate reveals as much about the cultural dynamics of representing femininity as it does about Shakespeare's character in her original rendition.' —Dympna C. Callaghan, William Safire Professor of Modern Letters, Syracuse University