Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48From Kenneth Branagh’s groundbreaking Henry V to Justin Kurzel’s haunting Macbeth, many modern filmmakers have adapted Shakespeare for the big screen. Their translations of Renaissance plays to modern cinema both highlight and comment on contemporary culture and attitudes to art, identity, and the past. A dynamic analysis of twenty-seven films adapted from Shakespeare’s works, Philippa Shep- pard’s Devouring Time addresses a wide range of topics, including gender, ritual, music, setting, rhetoric, and editing. She argues that the directors’ choice to adapt these four-hundred-year-old plays is an act of nostalgia, not only for the plays them- selves, but also for the period in which they were written, the association of genius that accompanies them, and the medium of theatre. Sheppard con- tends that millennial anxiety brought on by the social and technological revolutions of the last five decades has generated a yearning for Shakespeare because he is an icon of a literary culture that is often deemed threatened. Authoritative and accessible, Devouring Time’s investigations of filmmakers’ nostalgia for the art of the past shed light on Western concepts of gender, identity, and colonialism. Philippa Sheppard teaches Renaissance and modern drama at the University of Toronto. 1 3 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 L I T E R A R Y S T U D I E S • F I L M S T U D I E S Devouring Time Nostalgia in Contemporary Shakespearean Screen Adaptations philippa sheppard Exploring the way filmmakers who adapt Shakespeare’s plays are fuelled by nostalgia. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S May 2017 978-0-7735-5020-9 $34.95A CDN, $29.95A US, £25.99 paper 978-0-7735-5019-3 $110.00S CDN, $110.00 US, £95.00 cloth 6 x 9 440pp 12 photos eBook available