Re-Contextualizing Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet in Manga

Open access

Abstract

A fairly new medium for westerners, manga joins the variety of already existing “shakespeares”, bringing a fresh and vivid perspective on some of the most famous Shakespearean plays. This paper discusses several representations of space, with a particular focus on the city (Verona), the Capulet ballroom, and Juliet‘s bedroom, as they are rendered by artists in three manga transmediations of Romeo and Juliet coming from different cultural contexts (British, American, and Japanese). The paper will also explore the ways in which the three cultures play with Shakespeare‘s original Italian setting and negotiate their influence over one another at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Greenblatt Stephen. “Cultural mobility: an introduction.”“ Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto. Eds. Stephen Greenblatt Ines Županov Reinhard Meyer-Kalkus Heike Paul Pál Nyíri and Friederike Pannewick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010. 1-23. Print.

  • Greenblatt Stephen. “Theatrical Mobility.”“ Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto. Eds. Stephen Greenblatt Ines Županov Reinhard Meyer-Kalkus Heike Paul Pál Nyíri and Friederike Pannewick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010. 75-95. Print.

  • Habermann Ina and Michelle Witen (eds.). Shakespeare and Space: Theatrical Explorations of the Spatial Paradigm. London: Palgrave Macmillan 2016. Print.

  • Jensen Michael P. “Shakespeare and the Comic Book.”“ The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts. Eds. Mark Thornton Burnett Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2011. 388-407. Print.

  • Reynolds Bryan and Janna Segal. “Fugitive Explorations in Romeo and Juliet: Transversal Travel through R&Jspace.”“ Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 5.2 (2005): 37-70. Print.

  • Şerban Andreea. “Manga-fying Shakespeare. ‗You must translate. ‗Tis fit we understand [it].‘ (Hamlet IV.1.2).”“ The European English Messenger 23.1 (2014): 21-27. Print.

  • Şerban Andreea. “‗Arise Fair Sun‘ and Let Down Your Hair: Romeo and Juliet‘s Balcony Scene for Kids and Teens.”“ What‟s in a Balcony Scene? A Study on

  • Shakespeare‟s Romeo and Juliet and its Adaptations. Ed. Luminiţa Frenţiu. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016. 65-76. Print.

  • Shakespeare William. Romeo and Juliet London 2003 (1594) http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/play_view.php?WorkID=romeojuliet&Act=1&Scene=2&Scope=scene. Web. 3 March 2017.

  • Shakespeare William and COM (artist). 2010. Romeo X Juliet. Translated by Kate Beckwitt; Gonzo and SPWT contributors. New York: Yen Press.

  • Shakespeare William Richard Appignanesi Sonia Leong (artist). Romeo and Juliet. Manga Shakespeare. London: Self Made Hero 2010 (2007). Print.

  • Shakespeare William Adam Sexton Yali Lin (artist). Shakespeare‟s Romeo and Juliet. The Manga Edition. Hobocken NJ: Wiley Publishing 2008. Print. Wetmore Jr. Kevin J. “Shakespeare and Teenagers.”“ The Edinburgh Companion to

  • Shakespeare and the Arts. Eds. Mark Thornton Burnett Adrian Streete and

  • Ramona Wray. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2011. 377-387. Print.

  • Wetmore Jr. Kevin J. ―Shakespeare and Teenagers.‖ The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts. Eds. Mark Thornton Burnett Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2011. 377-387. Print.

Search
Journal information
Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 340 208 10
PDF Downloads 250 194 5