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date: 01 April 2020

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This introduction to Part II of The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance—“Shakespeare as Dance”—considers the translation of Shakespeare’s plays and poems into dance and the effects that movement has on the meaning of those works. In doing so, it charts the tension between language, movement, and “legitimacy” in danced versions of Shakespeare and asks whether the term “adaptation” is adequate in describing dance works that may be said to capture, rather than simply modify, their literary sources. The chapters in Part II of the Handbook interrogate these issues and introduce readers to the surprising variety of danced Shakespeare; they represent vital projects of recovery and analysis.

Keywords: Shakespeare, dance, adaptation, dance adaptation, translation, movement

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