The Mariangela Tempera Award for Shakespeare on Screen 2020

(European Shakespeare Research Association / Cahiers Élisabéthains)

The European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) and Cahiers Élisabéthains are delighted to announce that Dr Michelle Assay is the winner of the Mariangela Tempera Award for Shakespeare on Screen 2020, with an essay entitled '"The Rumble of Continuing Life": Kozintsev's Hamlet and its distorted reception'.

The winning essay will be published in the April 2021 issue of Cahiers Élisabéthains, and the award will be formally delivered at the next ESRA conference (Athens, 3-6 June 2021 - https://esra2021.gr/). The award ceremony will celebrate the continuity of that passion for Shakespeare on screen that made Mariangela Tempera an inspiring precedent for many researchers in the field, especially for those in the early stages of their careers.

Michelle Assay is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, working on the project ‘Shakespeare and Censorship in Soviet/Post-Soviet Music, Film and Theatre’. Born in Tehran and trained in piano performance at the Tchaikovsky Academy in Kiev and at the Satie Conservatoire in Paris, she obtained her PhD from the Universities of Sorbonne and Sheffield with a dissertation on 'Hamlet in the Stalin era', which will be published by Routledge. She is the founder and chair of international research groups on ‘Shakespeare and Music’ and 'Shakespeare in Central and Eastern Europe'. Alongside publications in these areas, she is co-author of a major life-and-work study of Polish/Soviet/Jewish composer Mieczysław Weinberg for Toccata Press due to appear in 2021, has published on Carl Nielsen, and is on the editorial board of Carl Nielsen Studies. She continues to appear in concert as a solo and chamber pianist, and is a reviewer and writer for the Gramophone.

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The Mariangela Tempera Award for Shakespeare on Screen

Mariangela Tempera (1948-2015) was a distinguished Italian scholar of English Studies with a particularly active and productive interest in Shakespeare. This interest manifested itself in a broad range of projects and publications, many with a specialised focus on the transformations of Shakespeare’s texts in other cultures and other media. Mariangela’s media interest culminated in the creation of the largest European research collection of Shakespeare in audiovisual formats, a project realised within the framework of the Shakespeare Centre that she founded at the University of Ferrara. Mariangela Tempera died in late 2015 at the age of 67. Her intelligence, energy and humour will be sorely missed by many colleagues and friends worldwide in an area of study that continues to expand. With the Mariangela Tempera Award, the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) and Cahiers Élisabéthains pay tribute to the groundbreaking work that this remarkable scholar devoted to Shakespeare on screen, and seek to encourage further research in a burgeoning field.

The Mariangela Tempera Award is a biennial prize to be awarded to an essay of critical excellence on Shakespeare and the moving image. The essay may focus on film or television, but also on creations generated and circulated in and through the new media. The Mariangela Tempera Award is designed for early-career researchers who have been ESRA conference delegates.

The winning essay will be published in Cahiers Élisabéthains. The author will also be offered a one-year subscription to the journal and a £100 book voucher (courtesy of SAGE), and will benefit from a fee waiver for the next ESRA conference.