- Richard Burt has papers at sessions of the Modern Language Association (1989, 1991, 2003, 2008, 2013), the VII, VIII, and IX World Shakespeare Congresses in Valencia, Spain in 2002, Brisbane, Australia in 2006, and Prague, Czech Republic in July 17-22, 2011; George Washington University (2014); the University of the Philippines (2013); Wuhan University, China (2013); Tsukbua University, Tokyo (2012); Donghai University, Shanghai, China (2011); Central Taiwan University (2009) and National Taiwan University (2009 and 2014); the Shakespeare Association of America (2003 and 2008); the British Museum (2008); the ACLA (2008); and the Getty Research Center (1995). Burt has delivered invited numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Tufts University, New York University, Amherst College (Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought), the University of Michigan, the Free University in Berlin, the University of Jena, the University of Tuebingen, the University of Morocco, the University of Rouen, the University of Kansas, the University of Reading, the University of Durham, Birbeck University, London, the University of Warwick, U.C. Irvine, the University of Lodz, Poland, the University of Alabama's Hudson Strode Lecture Series, Columbia University, and Arizona State University.
- Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media. (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), xiv; 279 pp. Paperback edition, 2010.
- Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture. Revised, paperback edition with a new preface. (New York: St. Martin's Press / London: Macmillan Press, 1999), xxvii. 318 pp.
- Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture. (New York: St. Martin's Press / London: Macmillan Press, 1998), xvii. 318 pp.
- Licensed by Authority: Ben Jonson and the Discourses of Censorship. (Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 1993), xx, 227 pp.
- Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vol. Ed. Richard Burt (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), viii; 862 pp.
- Shakespeare, the Movie II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD. Ed. Richard Burt and Lynda Boose (New York and London: Routledge Press, 2003), xi, 340 pp.
- Shakespeare After Mass Media. Ed. Richard Burt (New York and London: Palgrave, 2002).
- The Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere. Ed. Richard Burt (Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P, 1994), xxx, 386 pp.
- Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video. Ed. Lynda Boose and Richard Burt (New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997), ix, 280 pp. Korean translation, 2001.
- Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England. Ed. Richard Burt and John Michael Archer. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1994), x, 340 pp.
- Chapters in Books and Articles in Journals (In Print ):
- "Writing the Endings of Cinema: Evocations of Authorial Absence and the Saving of Film Authorship in the Cinematic Paratext," in The Writer on Film: Screening Literary Authorship. Ed. Judith Buchanan. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 178-92. 6,000 words.
- "Duly Noted or Off the Record? Sovereignty and the Secrecy of the Law in Cinema" In Secrets of the Law. Ed. Martha Umphrey, Lawrence Douglas, and Austin Sarat (Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Stanford UP, 2012), pp. 211-56. 20,266 words.
- "Hamlet 's Hauntographology: Film Philology, Textual Faux-rensics, and Facsimiles" In A Companion to Literature, Film, and Adaptation. Ed. Deborah Cartmell (Blackwell, 2012), 216-240. 12,500 words; a shorter version appeared under the same title in the Chinese journal Foreign Literature Studies, Vol. 34 No. 1 February 2012 pp. 19-31.
- "Shakespeare Reverbatin': Spectral Media, Unread -ability, and the Weak Sovereignty of the In/Definitive Edition." In Shakespeare and Culture. Ed. Beatrice Lei. (National Taiwan UP, 2011), pp. 117-45. 7,294 words.
- "Backing Up the Virtual Bayeux Tapestries: Facsimiles as Attachment Disorders, or Turning Over the Other Side of the Underneath" (uncorrected proofs). In New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: The Proceedings of a Conference at the British Museu. Ed. M. J. Lewis, G. R. Owen-Crocker, and D. Terkl. (London: Oxbow, 2011), pp. 27-36. For the errata sheet, click here.
- "All That Remains of the Shakespeare Play in Indian Film." In Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance. Ed. Yong Li Lan and Dennis Kennedy (London: Cambridge UP, 2010), pp. 73-108.
- "Jacques Rivette and Film Adaptation as Dérive-ation: Pericles in Paris Belongs to Us and The Revenger's Tragedy in Noirot," in The English Renaissance in Popular Culture: An Age for All Time. Ed. Gregory Semenza (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 167-86.
- "Being your slave": Not Citing Sonnets 57 and 58 and the TraUmisSion of Race in the United States." In Shakespeare's Sonnets Global. Ed. Manfred Pfister and Jurgen Gutsch (Dozwill TG Switzerland: Edition Signature, 2009), pp. 181-92.
- "Epilogue: ObaMacbeth: National Transition as National Traumissino," In Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance. Ed. Scott L. Newstock and Ayanna Thompson, (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 341-46.
- "Mobilizing Foreign Shakespeares in Media." In Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia, and Cyberspace. Ed. Alexander C. Y. Huang and Charles Ross (West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2009), pp. 231-38.
- "Border Skirmishes: Weaving Around the Bayeux Tapestry and Cinema in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and El Cid." In Medieval Film. Ed. Anke Bernau and Bettina Bildhauer (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2009), pp. 158-18.
- "My Favorite Shakespeare Films." In The Researcher's Guide to Shakespeare on Film, Radio and Television. Ed. Olwen Terris and Luke Wilson. British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), 2009.
- "Thomas Middleton, Uncut: Castration, Censorship, and the Regulation of Middleton's Dramatic Discourse." In Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works , ed. Gary Taylor (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007), pp. 182-94.
- "Shakespeare 'Tween Media and Markets: Literacy, Losers, and Literary Culture from Little Women to Lizzie McQuire." In Shakespeare and Childhood, ed. Susanne Greenhalgh and Robert Shaughnessy, (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007), pp. 218-32.
- "Civic ShakesPR: Middlebrow Multiculturalism, White Television, and the Color Bind." In Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance. Ed. Ayanna Thompson, (London and New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 157-185.
- "Backstage Pass(ing): Stage Beauty, Othello, and the Makeup of Race." In Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Mark Thornton Burnett and Ramona Wray (Edinburgh University Press / Columbia UP, 2006), pp. .
- " SShockspeare: (Nazi) Shakespeare Goes Heil-lywood," in A Companion to Shakespeare in Performance. Ed. Barbara Hodgdon and W.B. Worthen (Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2005), 437-56.
- "What the Puck?: Screening the (Ob)Scene in Bardcore Midsummer Night's Dreams and the Transmediatic Technologies of Tactility." In Shakespeare on Screen: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ed. Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Gurin. Rouen: Publications de l'Universite de Rouen, 2004, pp. 57-86.
- "Shakespeare 'Glo-cali-zation,' Race, and the Small Screens
of Post-Popular Culture." In Shakespeare the Movie, II:
Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video, and DVD. Ed. Richard Burt and Lynda E. Boose, (New York and London:
Routledge Press, 2003), pp. 14-32.
- "Shakespeare in Asian and Post-Disaporic Cinemas: Spinoffs
and Citations of the Plays from Bollywood to Hollywood." In Shakespeare the Movie, II : Popularizing the
Plays on Film, TV, Video, and DVD. Ed. Richard
Burt and Lynda E. Boose (New York and London: Routledge Press,
2003), pp. 265-302.
- "Doing the Queen: Gender, Sexuality, and the Censorship
of Elizabeth I's Royal Image from Renaissance Portraiture
to Twentieth-Century Mass Media." In Literature and Censorship
in Renaissance England. Ed. Andrew Hadfield (London:
Macmillan, 2001), pp. 207-228, and The Mysteries of Elizabeth
I. Ed. Kathleen Swaim and Kirby Farrell (Amherst: U
of Massachusetts P, 2003), pp. 267-77.
- "Shakespeare and the Holocaust: Julie Taymor's Titus is Beautiful, or Shakesploi Meets (the) Camp," The
Colby Quarterly, Spring 37 (1), 2001, 78-106, special
issue on Shakespeare and film. Ed. Laurie Osborne; and revised
and expanded in Shakespeare After Mass Media. Ed.
Richard Burt (New York: Palgrave, 2002), pp. 295-329.
- "T(e)en Things I Hate About Girlene Shakesploitation Flicks
in the Late 1990s, or, Not So Fast Times at Shakespeare High," in Screening the Bard: Shakespearean Spectacle, Critical
Theory, Film Practice. Ed. Lisa Starks and Courtney
Lehmann (New Jersey: American University Presses, 2001), pp. 205-232.
- "No Holes Bard: Homonormativity and the Gay and Lesbian
Romance with Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare Without Class:
Misappropriations of Cultural Capital. Ed. Don Hedrick
and Bryan Reynolds (New York: Palgrave, 2000), pp. 153-186.
- "Shakespeare in Love and the End of the Shakespearean:
Academic and Mass Culture Constructions of Literary Authorship," Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siecle. Ed. Mark Burnett
and Ramona Wray (London: Macmillan / New York: St. Martin's
Press, 2000), pp. 203-31.
- "(Un)Censoring in Detail: The Fetish of Censorship in the
Early Modern Past and Postmodern Present," Censorship and
Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation. Ed. Robert Post
(Santa Monica, CA; Getty Research Institute Publications,
- "The Love That Dare Not Speak Shakespeare's Name: New Shakesqueer
Cinema," in Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays
on Film, TV, and Video. Ed. Lynda Boose and Richard
Burt (New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997), pp. 240-68.
- "'Degenerate "Art"': Public Aesthetics and the Simulation
of Censorship in Postliberal Los Angeles and Berlin," in The
Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism
and the Public Sphere. Ed. Richard Burt (Minneapolis:
U of Minnesota P, 1994), pp. 216-59.
- "Baroque Down: the Trauma of Censorship in Queer Film Revisions of Marlowe and Shakespeare," in Shakespeare In the New Europe. Ed. Michael Hattaway et al (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993), pp. 328-50.
- "'A Dangerous Rome': Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the Discursive Determinism of Cultural Politics," in Contending Kingdoms: Historical, Psychological, and Feminist Approaches to the Literature of Sixteenth-Century England and France, ed. Marie-Rose Logan and Peter L. Rudnytsky (Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1990), pp. 109-27.
Articles in Journals:
- "Shelf-Life: Biopolitics, the New Media Archive, and 'Paperless' Persons," in New Formations special issue on "Materialities of Text: Between the Codex and the Net," Eds. Nicholas Thorburn and Says May. No. 78, August 2013, 22-45. 10,534 words.
- "Shakespeare's Bare (Ruined) Lives ," in Shakespeare After 9/11: How a Social Trauma Reshapes Interpretation a special issue of Shakespeare Yearbook, Vol. 20 Ed. Matthew Biberman, Julia Reinhard Lupton (Edwin Mellen Press, 2011), 213-26. 2,500 words.
- "Digital Film, Asianization, and the Transational Film Remake: Alluding to Shakespeare in L'Appartement, The King Is Alive, Wicker Park A Time to Love, and University of Laughs ," in Shakespeare Yearbook 17, special issue on "Shakespeare and Asia." Ed. YANG Lingui, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010), 45-78.
- "Becoming Literary, Becoming Historical: The Scale of Female Authorship in Becoming Jane," in Adaptation. 1:1. (2008), 58-62.
- "Cutting and Running from the (Medieval) Middle East : The Uncanny Mises-hors-scene of Kingdom of Heaven's Double DVDs," Babel, special issue, "Le Moyen Age mise-en-scene: Perspectives contemporaines." Ed. Sandra Gorgievski and Xavier Leroux, NÂ° 15, 1er semestre (2007), 247-298. For PDF, click here. For issue contents, click here.
- "Getting Schmedieval: Of Manuscript and Film Parodies, Prologues, and Paratexts," special issue of Exemplaria on "Movie Medievalism," 19.2. (Summer 2007), 217-42, co-edited by Richard Burt.
- "Re-embroidering the Bayeux Tapestry in Film and Media: the Flip Side of History in Opening and End Title Sequences," special issue of Exemplaria on "Movie Medievalism," 19.2. (Summer 2007), 327-50, co-edited by Richard Burt.
- "Stupid Shit: (In)security in the Age of Twilightenment," ArtUS (formerly Artext) no. 11, February, 2006, 29-37 (lead article). For scans in pdf, click here.
- "Slammin' Shakespeare In Acc(id)ents Yet Unknown: Liveness, Cinem(edi)a, and Racial Dis-integration, " Shakespeare Quarterly , 53 (2) Summer (2002), 201-26, special issue on Shakespeare on film. Ed. Barbara Hodgdon.
- "Getting Off the Subject: Iconoclasm, Queer Sexuality, and the Celebrity Intellectual," Performing Arts Journal 50/51 (May / September 1995): 137-50 (special issue devoted to the Arts and the University).
- "'Tis Writ by Me': Massinger's The Roman Actor and the Politics of Reception in the English Renaissance Theater," Theatre Journal 40 (October 1988), 332-46.
- "Licensed by Authority': Ben Jonson and the Politics of Early Stuart Theater," ELH 54 (Fall 1987), 529-60.
- "Charisma, Coercion, and Comic Form in The Taming of the Shrew," Criticism 26 (Fall 1984), 295-311; reprinted in Modern Critical Interpretations: William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Ed. Harold Bloom (New York and New Haven: Chelsea House, 1988), 79-82; reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism . Ed. Marie Lazzari (Detroit: Gale Research, 1996).
- "What's the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shak/x/espeare?" co-authored with Julian Yates, Renaissance Drama, n.s. 40 2012, 71-89.
- "Certain Tendencies in Shakespeare Film Criticism," co-authored with Scott Newstock, Shakespeare Studies Vol. 38, special Forum on "After Shakespeare on Film." Ed. Gregory Semenza, 2010, 88-103.
- "Suggested for Mature Readers: Deconstructing Shakespearean Value in Comic Books," co-authored with Josh Heuman, forthcoming in Shakespeare After Mass Media. Ed. Richard Burt (New York: Palgrave, 2002), 150-71.
- "Knowing Better: Sex, Cultural Criticism, and the Pedagogical Imperative in the 1990s," co-authored with Jeffrey Wallen, Diacritics , "Texts / Contexts," Spring 1999, 29 (1): 72-91.
- "Totally Clueless?: Shakespeare Goes Hollywood in the 1990s," co-authored with Lynda Boose, in Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video. (New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997), 8-22; reprinted in Timothy Corrigan, Ed. Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999), 340-56; reprinted in Sarah McLanahan. Ed. Shaping Discourses: Readings for University Writers , South Bend, IN: U of Notre Dame P, 2001; reprinted in William Shakespeare. Ed. Laura Marve (Greehaven, 2003).
- "Shakespeare, the Movie, the Sequel: Popularizing the Plays on Film, Television, and DVD: Editors' Cut," in Shakespeare the Movie II. Ed. Richard Burt and Lynda E. Boose, (New York and London: Routledge Press, 2003), 1-13.
- "To e- or not to e-? Schlockspeare in the Age of Electronic Mass Media," in Shakespeare After Mass Media. Ed. Richard Burt (New York: Palgrave, 2002), 1-32.
- "The 'New' Censorship," in The Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere Ed. Richard Burt (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1994), xi-xxix.
Co-Authored Book Introductions :
- "Shakespeare, the Movie." Co-authored with Lynda Boose, in Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film,TV, and Video (New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997), 1-7.
- "Introduction," co-authored with John Michael Archer, in Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1994), 1-13.
Books in Progress:
Forthcoming Chapters in Books and Articles in Journals
- Now at press (articles solicited for for special issues and books, now awaiting copy-editing):
Now being translated into Czech for a volume on theories of censorship:
“Something's Rotting in the States of Hamlet: Un/Reading Self-Corrupting Modern Un/Editions,” in Hamlet: A Critical Reader (Arden Shakespeare, 2016), a volume on Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides series ed; Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor, editors of all three texts of Hamlet in the Arden Third Shakespeare series (2006; second, revised edition, 2016).
- “’Read Madness’” C/Literally in the Archive: Shakespeare’s Contagious, Corrupting Cu(n)t,” in Borrows and Lenders ed. Alexa Huang and Ayanna Thompson, 2015.
- "Dubbing Shakespeare on Film,” in James Bulman, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance (OUP), 2015.
- "To Do Justice To Derrida Doing Just Us: Archiving the Post Card" in Glossator, special issue entitled "Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida" ed. Michael O'Rouke, Volume 7 (Spring 2014)
- "NachGloss /'la séance continue': The Last Words of “To Speculate—On ‘Freud’” in The Post Card: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond Translated into English, with Notes on a Passage Quoted in German from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Nachlass “of the 80s” AppendiX / (anneX) / Anschluss," in Glossator, special issue entitled "Going Postcard: The Letter(s) of Jacques Derrida" ed. Michael O'Rouke, Volume 7 (Spring 2014)
- "Sh k es e re Cin-Offs Beyond Wreckognition: Film Philology, CiNOma, and Abbas Kiarostami's Where is My Romeo," in Shakespeare Spin-Offs. Ed. Amy Scott-Douglas. (Palgrave McMillan, 2014).
- It's a Beautiful Monster: Robert Zemeckis's Beowulf, Formal Materiality, Paramediality, and the Hard Drive Rotations of Film and Media History. For images to this article, click here. CTheory.net
- "(Un)Censoring in Detail: The Fetish of Censorship in the Early Modern Past and Postmodern Present," Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation, Ed. Robert Post (Santa Monica, CA; Getty Research Institute Publications, 1998), 17-41. "We intend to publish two volumes: a Czech-language reader introducing the international discussion on (new) censorship (with articles by Aleida Assmann, Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Burt, Judith Butler, Roger Chartier, Robert Darnton, Marta Fik, Michael Holquist, Beate Mueller, among others). You can find a short expose in the journal Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft fuer Buchforschung in Ã–sterreich (www.buchforschung.at)"
- --Michael Wegerbauer,
Head of the Department
for Research into Literary Culture
Institute of Czech Literature of the
Czech Academy of Sciences
Media Coverage and Interviews:
- Interviewed by Ellen Lupton, columnist for the New York Times, and quoted in her blog July 13, 2010: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/12/how-to-lose-a-legacy/
- Interviewed by NY Times reporter Celia McGee for a story on Stephen Greenblatt's co-authored play Cardenio in April 2008. The story, "Shakespearean Brushes Up His Playwriting," was published on May 4, 2008.
- Interviewed by Time magazine journalist Jumana Farourky for a story she was writing on "The Shakespeare industry," published in the March 27, 2006 international issue.
- Interviewed by Sally Placksin, for MLA's radio program,"What's the Word?" on Al Pacino and Shakespeare. The interview took place on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 10:30am (EST).
- Interviewed by Krissy Clark of "Weekend America" (airs on more than 100 NPR stations around the U.S.) for a show about Shakespeare's Birthday, April 20, 2005.
- Shakespeare, the Movie II profiled in UF Clasnotes, 2003.
- Interviewed about "Shakespeare and America" on Chicago Public Radio's Odyssey, April 29, 2003.
- Interviewed by reporter David Glenn of the Chronicle of Higher Education for a "Hot Type" story on the fate of the UMass Press, July 7, 2003. The story ran July, 2003.
- National Public Radio interview (Chicago syndicated show "Odysessy" with host Gretchen Helfrich) on "Shakespeare in America," April 28, 2003.
- Interviewed by Seattle Times reporter Misha Berson for a story on Shakespeare and business seminars. The story, "Once More into the Breach, Dear CEOs," ran August 18, 2002.
- January 2001, interviewed by reporter Andy Brown for an issue of a journal entitled Literary Cavalcade devoted to Shakespeare and mass culture.
- Quoted and discussed in "The Pound of Flesh," a story about Shakespeare pornography in Lingua Franca , Volume 11, No. 6 September 2001), 8-9. The story was reprinted on the front page of the London Independent newspaper on August 22, 2001.
- Interviewed by, Jeet Heer, a reporter for the Toronto National Post , about Shakespeare and popular culture, August 14, 2001. The story ran on August 28, 2001.
- June 14, 2000. Interviewed by a Brazilian newspaper journalist about Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares.
- February 2000. Interviewed about Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares on GayBC radio, Seattle, Washington.
- Interviewed by Scott Heller of The Chronicle of Higher Education in October 1998 about Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares for a "Hot Type" essay he wrote about both it and Harold Bloom's Shakespeare and the Invention of the Human .
- Reader for Routledge Press, Blackwell Press, Cornell University Press, Princeton University Press, St. Martin's Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Minnesota Press, Wayne State University Press, Ashgate Press, Adaptation, Borrowers and Lenders, PMLA, and Renaissance Quarterly.
What's the Worst Thing
You Can Do to Shakespeare?
Co-authored with Julian Yates (2013)
“A spectacular traversal and updating of Shakespeare's legacy as media event and up-to-the-minute report on traumatic narratives, blatant or concealed, that continue to hound us. I have the chapter on Hamlet's telephone on speed dial. A genuine achievement of boundary-breaking proportions and strong achronicities.”
Avital Ronell, author of The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech
"Shakespeare is in the right kind of danger when he is taken up by the authors of this bracing, shamelessly provocative, and at times even charming book. What's the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare? asks how different media forms have jostled or interrupted our relationship with Shakespeare. Informed by the materialist turn in recent criticism, this book calls attention to the ways in which a variety of media forms – film, audio recordings, digital media, manuscript and print sources – create gaps in the archive that is Shakespeare. Filling, or failing to fill in these gaps, is the subject of this engaging study, which is far from the worst thing you could do to Shakespeare."
Michael Witmore, author of Shakespearean Metaphysics, and, with Rosamond Purcell, Landscapes of the Passing Strange: Reflections from Shakespeare
"In What’s the Worse Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare?, seasoned icono-clashers Richard Burt and Julian Yates scan the Shakespearean mediascape for its intensities, lags, evasions, and misfires. In wryly techno-savvy readings that cross-cut between the First Folio, conceived as a canny media launch, and contemporary video and film refractions, Burt and Yates renew the enterprise of close reading without either fetishizing the Shakespearean original or exchanging the vertiginous risks of unreadability for quick laughs and easy access."
Julia Reinhard Lupton, author of Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life
Medieval and Eary Modern Film and Media
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
"Like much of Burt's work, this book displays a dizzying array of ideas and information and speaks intelligently on all of it. Burt's knowledge of his diverse texts and subjects in this book is minute and encyclopedic. Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media is extremely well researched, and its weighty theoretical underpinnings are everywhere evident...Burt is a creative scholar known for pushing the boundaries in his work, and this book accomplishes that with panache...Burt has done much fine work in this book: it is erudite, playful, and challenging." - Renaissance Quarterly
"An important and theoretically sophisticated exploration of the ways that the emergence of new media necessitates a reexamination of the status of medieval films as textual artifacts that are not entirely distinct from the premodern sources on which they are based."
- Sixteenth Century Journal
"Burt's book reflects on the contemporary fascination with 'all things medieval,' and offers a comprehensive and ambitious examination of a wide range of films ... It has much to offer scholars interested in the intersection of historical studes and literary and media theory." -
"A marvelously rich and surprising book. Combining formal attentiveness
with the giddy pleasures of the improbable detour, Burt's analysis of
what he terms the 'philological uncanny' takes us from medieval
illuminated manuscripts to digital media, from Shakespeare to
spell-check, from the copyright page to the interpretive industry
itself. By looking to the margins--the supplementary note, the anecdotal
residue, the excrescent detail--Burt opens central, expansive questions
about the logic of texts, about the character of historical time, even
about the ongoing vexations of the academic unconscious."
Pye, Professor of English, Williams College and author of The Regal Phantasm: Shakespeare and the Politics of Spectacle and The Vanishing: Shakespeare, the Subject, and Early Modern Culture
What if it were now possible to psychoanalyze our compulsive desire for historicism (old and new)? What if the arrival of the new media (computer screens, pdf, film, DVD, etc) with its complex paratextual apparatus made legible the unconscious filmic techniques of contemporary literary critics? Richard Burt's astonishingly ambitious Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media makes just this argument, moving effortlessly between seemingly disparate fields (historicism, film studies, and digital technologies) to offer a symptomatic reading of the "historicist uncanny." The book proceeds as a mesmerizing talking cure / trip to the movies that makes it possible to imagine all sorts of productively neurotic critical futures.
--Julian Yates, Associate Professor, Univ. of Delaware and author of Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance
Unspeakable Shaxxxspeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture
Hardcover 1998 / Paperback 1999
Licensed By Authority: Ben Jonson and the Discourses of Censorship
Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture
Shakespeare After Mass Media
The Administration of Aesthetics: Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere
Shakespeare, the Movie II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video, and DVD
Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video
Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England
Guest Editor of "Movie Medievalism" issue of Exemplaria
9.2. (Summer 2007)