Adapting Macbeth - William C. Carroll

Adapting Macbeth

A Cultural History

; Mark Thornton Burnett

In this study, William C. Carroll analyses a wide range of adaptations and appropriations of Macbeth across different media to consider what it is about the play that compels our desire to reshape it. Arguing that many of these adaptations attempt to ‘improve’ or ‘correct’ the play’s perceived political or aesthetic flaws, Carroll traces how Macbeth’s popularity and adaptability stems from several of its formal features: its openly political nature; its inclusion of supernatural elements; its parable of the dangers of ambition; its violence; its brevity; and its domestic focus on a husband and wife. Les mer
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In this study, William C. Carroll analyses a wide range of adaptations and appropriations of Macbeth across different media to consider what it is about the play that compels our desire to reshape it. Arguing that many of these adaptations attempt to ‘improve’ or ‘correct’ the play’s perceived political or aesthetic flaws, Carroll traces how Macbeth’s popularity and adaptability stems from several of its formal features: its openly political nature; its inclusion of supernatural elements; its parable of the dangers of ambition; its violence; its brevity; and its domestic focus on a husband and wife.

The study ranges across elite and popular culture divides: from Sir William Davenant’s adaptation for the Restoration stage (1663–4), an early 18th-century novel, The Secret History of Mackbeth and Verdi's Macbeth, through to 20th- and 21st-century adaptations for stage and screen, as well as contemporary novelizations, young adult literature and commercial appropriations that testify to the play's absorption into contemporary culture.
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Forlag: The Arden Shakespeare
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 288
ISBN: 9781350181397
Format: 22 x 14 cm
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«Carroll’s net is cast wide and there are chapters on the novel, global and racial Macbeths, as well as musical versions. Stage and cinematic adaptations figure throughout. Geographically, the range is impressive—no fewer than thirty different countries are mentioned … [Carroll] has a fluent grasp of this play’s multitudinous reincarnations. This elegant study will surely become a model of condensation and explication of the continuing cultural presence of Shakespeare’s apparently immortal literary artefacts.»

Adaptation
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Note on Text
Introduction: Macbeth and Mackbeth, the prequel
1 Political Macbeth
2 ‘The gracious Duncan’ and ‘our eldest, Malcolm’
3 The return of Fleance
4 Noir Macbeth
5 Recuperating Lady Macbeth
6 Novelizing Macbeth
7 Global and racial Macbeth
8 Macbeth, the musical
Epilogue: Macbeth 3.0
Notes
Works Cited
Index
William C. Carroll is Professor of English Emeritus at Boston University, USA. He has edited five editions of early modern plays, including Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden Third Series, 2004), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2009) and Thomas Middleton, Four Plays (Methuen Drama, 2012), has authored three critical books and is the Co-General Editor of the New Mermaids series of plays.