Shakespeare y el Mediterráneo
Vicente Fores Lopez
This issue of En Torno a Shakespeare for the first time since
this collection first saw the light in 1980, will not only appear on-line
but also in magazine format, which we call CONTRASTES. What does Contrastes
stand for? Debate, discussion and points of view, as plural as singular
are the contributors. Like any good Shakespearean analysis we will try
to present both sides of the issue, both issues of all sites. Since the
range of topics included in this collection of articles extend from looking
for undated quartos in the most textual and scholarly Sherlock Holmes
style, to the last years of Shakespeare's life in Stratford, till all of
a sudden, as it happens so frequently in cyberspace and internet determined
editorial practices, we hear and see and almost touch Julie Taymor's Titus
and Tamora looking at Aaron, looking at us. Giorgio
Melchiori shares his profound knowledge about opera, Verdi and Falstaff
in the mediterranean, that he seems to reinvent only for our benefit, only
to make us feel more at home. Hardy Cook continues managing his most efficient
and useful listserv on Shakespeare on the internet thanks to the quality
of the 'regulars' with thousands of 'irregular' on-lookers. Tom Clayton,
wizzard - editor, using the smallest amount of words you can concentrate
and distill a whole web of wide worlds of witchcraft to make Macbeth drown
in. Werner Habicht's traps of illusion in which we will discover The Roman
Actor who under normal circumstances is seen more like the Unknown Soldier
than a Roman. Present only in future absence, but absent in presence makes
Andrea Höfele reconsider what made Shakespeare into a Cultural Megastar,
whatever that is today, tomorrow or the day after.
Tesuo Kishi, some time ago, already described and told us how to really understand The Spanish Tragedy. Yumiko Yamada, as at home with Cervantes as in Spain, gives Jonson his burlesque dimension back, the German romantics had deprieved him of.
The monographic nature of this new on-line En Torno is due to
the fact that the VIIth World Shakespeare Congress is going to take place
in Valencia in April 2001 and its overall theme is "Shakespeare and the
Mediterranean". So while participating at the 29th International Shakespeare
Conference the concentration of Shakespeare scholarship per square meter
was so high we thought we could initiate our CONTRASTES, our scholarly
debates, ahead of time, use the magazine as a pre-text to let more people
know about the existence of the Congress. But instead of one issue, we
think we will count on contributions enough to not just start a debate
but to continue and expand it in time. This new Shakespearean resource
wants to grow, develop and stay around for a long time.
VOLUME VI, under the general topic of Shakespeare
and the Mediterranean, contains 15 essays with as diverse
approaches to the topic as their authors:
This new and virtual En Torno a Shakespeare wants to be a different
platform ,that builts on past achievements and successes, on old doubts
and certainties, because our vision of the future has not changed
in many years, neither do we see too much future around yet.
This new series counts on the support and contributions of many of those scholars that already are contributing or will contribute in a near future to the expansion of a scholarly debate in Spanish and we are more than open to new directions or adventures.
My personal thanks to all of you.
Dr. Vicente Forés
Executive Director FSE
& 7th WSC
Director's Notes on 'Titus'
Notas de la Directora del 'Titus'
Macbeth's 'Yet I will try the last'
Macbeth "...lucharé hasta el final."
Traps of Illusion in Massinger’s 'The Roman Actor'
Trampas ilusorias en 'The Roman Actor' de Massinger
La puesta en escena de Venecia y Messina en una universidad mediterránea
Caravaggio, Tiziano y Shakespeare
Dateless bargains:The undated 'Quartos' of Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet' and 'Romeo and Juliet'
Ofertas sin fecha: Los 'Quartos' no fechados de 'Hamlet' y 'Romeo and Juliet' de Shakespeare
Candido Pérez Gállego
Rituales de Shakespeare: Los últimos años de Shakespeare
Ben Jonson and Cervantes
Ben Jonson y Cervantes
The Structure and Meaning of 'The Spanish Tragedy'
Estructura y Significado de 'The Spanish Tragedy'
Hardy M. Cook
The Politics of an Academic Discussion Group
La Política de un Grupo de Discusión Académica
Millenial Shakespeare, Profile of a Star
Shakespeare Milenario, el perfil de una estrella
Jill L. Levenson
Changing Images of 'Romeo and Juliet', Renaissance to Modern
Imágenes cambiantes de 'Romeo y Julieta', del Renacimiento hasta la Modernidad
Lena Cowen Orlin
Acts of Naming and Spanish Subtexts in 'Othello'
Actos de identificación y los subtextos en español en 'Otelo'