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ISSN (Print) 2067-9696 - ISSN (Online) 2285-9403
Published by Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Press Homepage  [3 journals]
  • Fictionalising Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years’: Will’s
           Rise to Fame

    • Authors: Ana-Maria Moga
      Pages: 101 - 120
      Abstract: While the lack of information on Shakespeare’s life poses a great challenge to biographers in their pursuit of compiling the poet’s definitive Life, it is the early years of his career–the so-called ‘Lost Years’–which represent perhaps the biggest mystery to historians. Consequently, biographies fill in this gap by relying mostly on speculation and theories rather than hard facts. For this reason, this period seems to be a favourite for fictional representations of William Shakespeare’s life, offering the most space for creativity for the authors. Craig Pearce’s TV series Will (2017) specifically brings to the public a version of Shakespeare’s ‘Lost Years.’ Thus, the gaps in the poet’s life are filled in by setting his story in a rather dystopian England and by incorporating anachronistic elements in the historical narrative. For instance, Will’s arrival in London and his struggles are juxtaposed with a soundtrack that is comprised of modern rock songs, while the characters’ costumes, make-up, colourful hair and tattoos are reminiscent of popular culture films such as The Hunger Games or Star Wars, as well as of the punk rock culture of the 1970s. This way, the young man’s journey to fame is associated with the modern-day equivalent of a rock star’s ascension.
      PubDate: 2023-06-30
      DOI: 10.47743/lincu-2023-1-0332
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2023)
  • Collaborating with Shakespeare: Recent Rewritings of ROMEO AND JULIET on
           the Romanian Stage

    • Authors: Mădălina Nicolaescu, Oana-Alis Zaharia
      Pages: 121 - 135
      Abstract: The paper investigates the factors contributing to the recent surge in popularity of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on the Romanian stage.  One possible explanation lies in the play's adaptability and relevance to present-day concerns coupled with the opportunities for creative reimagining offered by its canonical Romanian translation. The article posits that directors and playwrights have engaged in a fruitful "collaboration with the dead" (Leitch 19), breathing new life into the classic text by means of different forms of rewriting. Specifically, the paper discusses two recent versions of Romeo and Juliet staged in Bucharest, at Teatrul Mic in 2018 and at Teatrul Odeon in 2021, and focuses on the process of rewriting Shakespeare’s text in the form of a theatre adaptation and of a radical appropriation. 
      PubDate: 2023-06-30
      DOI: 10.47743/lincu-2023-1-0333
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2023)
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