Shakespeare and Digitalised Departures from Text and Stage

  • Poonperm Paitayawat (Participant)

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This research paper is an attempt to catch up with “Digital Shakespeare” and demystify these commercial, digital phenomena by (1) closely examining two very unique adaptations of Shakespeare’s King Lear that have recently been digitally re-circulated and (1) interrogating the ways each individual media form affects the reading of Shakespearean adaptations.

The case studies include (1) Michael Grandage’s King Lear (2010-11) at London’s Donmar Theatre as broadcast live at the Odeon Cinema Covent Garden and (2) Manga Shakespeare: King Lear by Ave! Comics digitalised as an iPhone and an iPad application. Each is individually as well as comparatively assessed as performances and texts of Shakespeare’s King Lear in their own right. Not only that the research paper problematises and de-problematises the means by which one can encounter digital Shakespeare but it also maps out the ways in which the digital text vis-à-vis performance can be envisioned, understood and utilised as derivative tools for progressive literary studies.

Panel Speaker at British Shakespeare Association's 10th Anniversary Conference "Shakespeare Inside-out" held at Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom.
Period25 Feb 2012
Event typeOther