Rivers of Story

Some Filmic Afterlives of Pericles


  • R. S. White University of Western Australia


Some stories are like rivers, just as rivers hold their own stories. This essay considers origins and movie adaptations of Shakespeare's Pericles, tracking them into territory where the source play is one staging place for a longer narrative history, and the film need not acknowledge or show awareness of the play. Texts include the French movie, Paris nous appartient or Paris Belongs to Us (1961), the American A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), and the Australian Aboriginal musical film Bran Nue Dae (2009).

Author Biography

R. S. White, University of Western Australia

R. S. White is Winthrop Professor in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia and a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. He has recently held an ARC Professorial Fellowship for a project on Shakespeare and film, and this project was one of several funded by the Grant. His publications are mainly in the field of early modern literature, especially Shakespeare and Romantic literature. They include John Keats: A Literary Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Pacifism in English Literature: Minstrels of Peace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); Natural Rights and the Birth of Romanticism in the 1790s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005); and Natural Law in English Renaissance Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1996).