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The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Interface

Edited By Clifford Werier, Paul Budra Copyright 2023
    392 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Interface provides a ground-breaking investigation into media-specific spaces where Shakespeare is experienced. While such operations may be largely invisible to the average reader or viewer, the interface properties of books, screens, and stages profoundly mediate our cognitive engagement with Shakespeare.

    This volume considers contemporary debates and questions including how mobile devices mediate the experience of Shakespeare; the impact of rapidly evolving virtual reality technologies and the interface architectures which condition Shakespearean plays; and how design elements of hypertext, menus, and screen navigation operate within internet Shakespeare spaces. Charting new frontiers, this diverse collection delivers fresh insight into human–computer interaction and user-experience theory, cognitive ecology, and critical approaches such as historical phenomenology. This volume also highlights the application of media and interface design theory to questions related to the medium of the play and its crucial interface with the body and mind.


    Clifford Werier and Paul Budra

    Part 1

    Media and the embodied mind 

    1 Reading Shakespeare: Interface and Cognitive Load

    Clifford Werier

    2 Shakespeare and Virtual Reality

    Rebecca Bushnell and Michael Ullyot

    3 All the Game Is a Stage: The Controller and Interface in Shakespearean Videogames Mark Kaethler

    4 Voice as Interface

    Bruce Smith

    Part 2 

    Apparent designs and hidden grounds 

    5 Shakespearean Interfaces and Worldmaking: Buried Narratives, Hidden Grounds, and the Culture of Adaptive Practice

    Daniel Fischlin

    6 What Are Interfaces For, Really?

    Gabriel Egan

    7 Interface Design and Editorial Theory

    Gary Taylor

    8 Abstraction as Shakespearean Interface

    Jonathan Lamb and Suzanne Tanner

    Part 3

    Surfaces and depths 

    9 The Hamlet First Quarto (1603) and the Play of Typography

    Erika Boeckeler

    10 Desiring Bodies, Divine Violence and Typographic Interfaces in Champ Fleury and Venus and Adonis

    Simon Ryle

    11 "If you can command these elements": TEI Markup as Shakespearean Interface

    Sarah Connell

    Part 4

    Display, navigation, and functionality 

    12 "Into a thousand parts divide": The Pursuit of Precision in Shakespeare’s Interfaces

    Rebecca Niles

    13 Does Jonson Break the Data Model? Interrelated Data Models for Early Modern English Drama

    Meaghan Brown

    14 Browse as Interface in Shakespeare’s Texts and The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

    Heidi Craig and Laura Estill

    Part 5

    User experience 

    15 "Make Your Best Use of This": A Case Study in User Experience Design for a Shakespeare Interface

    Kurt Daw

    16 Using Data and Design to Bring the New Variorum Shakespeare Online

    Anne Burdick, Laura Mandell, Bryan Tarpley, and Katayoun Torabi

    17 Mediating the Shakespeare User’s Digital Experience

    Eric Johnson and Stacey Redick

    Part 6

    Staging the interface 

    18 Access Points: Stage, Space, and/as Interface in the Early Modern Playhouses

    Laurie Johnson

    19 The Heuristics of Interface: Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

    Lauren Shohet

    20 Shakespeare Through the Bare Thrust Stage Interface

    Shoichiro Kawai

    Part 7

    Interfacing with performance 

    21 Shakespeare’s Walking Story: Site-specific Theater in a Covid World

    Gretchen Minton

    22 Interfacing Shakespeare Onscreen

    Alexa Joubin

    23 Front to Front: Enactment as Interface

    Mary Hartman

    24 Zoom Shakespeare

    Paul Budra


    Clifford Werier is Professor of English at Mount Royal University, Canada. His recent publications investigate time across media in Shakespearean jokes and the application of meme theory to the spread of contagious ideas in Coriolanus. He is the co-editor of Shakespeare and Consciousness (2016) and is the interface team leader on the Linked Early Modern Drama Online project.

    Paul Budra is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He has published six books and numerous articles on early modern drama and contemporary popular culture. He is the director of SFU Publications and a past president of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society.