I have to share because I am so excited. I have been working with Rock’s Mills Press and, before them, Oxford University Press as a part of a team creating the Shakespeare Made in Canada Series of editions. The fourth and fifth in the Rock’s Mills series are finally being published next month and I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift!
I encourage all of you to check out these books. They are meticulously edited (I ought to know) and are paired with excellent introductions and ancillary material. You really ought to check them out.
Overpowering adolescent passion at odds with a troubled adult world: this ancient tale was never more grippingly told than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Two youths come together in a love that is both transformative and death-marked. The society around them lacks flexibility, failing to govern this destabilizing energy. Shakespeare scholar Jill L. Levenson – whose work on this play has opened new readings of Romeo and Julietinternationally – shows how the play’s treatment of gender, class, sexuality, and political fragmentation has found rich resonance in Canada. There are a variety of surprisingly creative adaptions not just in French and English but also, for example, in French and Attikamek.
Europeans collide with an unknown new world in this curious play, filled with magic, corruption, intrigue, lust, and full-on comedy. Written and staged around 1610, The Tempest reflects a contemporary fascination with those mysterious and foreign parts of the world newly available to European exploration and exploitation. How should the newly discovered world be depicted? How would old and new worlds interact? Few come off surrounded by virtue in Shakespeare’s drama.This edition draws on the best international research on Shakespeare, as well as considering The Tempest in a Canadian context. Daniel Fischlin – the ingenious creator of the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project – has written an excellent introduction that provides dark and delightful new ways to understand this play, including insights from Northrop Frye, Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, and Normand Chaurette. 

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